Cedaredge Elementary School students took center stage on March 20 and 21 as they danced, drummed, twirled, jumped, and sang for large crowds of parents and other family members. The scene was the Cedaredge High School gymnasium. The occasion was the eighth annual performance of the school's physical education and music showcase. Kindergarten, first, and second graders performed on Wednesday night and students from third through fifth grades were in the spotlight on Thursday.
Andrea Kallsen, CES music instructor, and Amie Henderson, the elementary school P.E. instructor, coordinated the annual event along with assistance from other staff and teachers as well as older students from Cedaredge schools.
The younger children danced like robots and performed a country line dance of their own invention. Their evening performance ended with a "tear jerker" as students sang "You Are Our Heroes" and delivered flowers to their families in the audience.
The older group performed several numbers including a synchronized "kung-fu" martial arts routine. And they got the crowd clapping as they formed a continuous drumming circle and provided a lively percussion accompaniment to "Cotton-Eyed Joe."
Each grade performed a unique graduation chant, proudly proclaiming that they intended to finish high school as members of future high school graduating classes.