Central Montcalm students ‘show off’ for community (Photo Gallery)

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 11:36 am on Monday, March 26, 2012

Elizabeth Conklin, a Central Montcalm fifth grader, works the shuttle in a hands-on weaving demonstration, which was one of several participatory activities added to this year’s Central Montcalm Education Showcase. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

STANTON — Elizabeth Conklin worked the shuttle back and forth between the threads, weaving on the giant loom.

The frame held three looms, and was one of several on-hands demonstrations set up at the 38th annual Central Montcalm Public School Education Showcase on Friday night at the high school/middle school complex.

“It’s fun to do,” said Conklin, a fifth grade student, “and it looks cool when it is done and you can show off what you’ve done.”

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Students from the youngest kindergartener to the nearly-graduating senior were able to “show off” a vast array of writing, painting, drawing and more as works lined hallways and were displayed on tables in the media center and middle school gym. The choir, band and drama club presented other talents with performances in the high school gym.

“There are over 800 pieces on display including some new concepts of masking tape murals and body painting, some of the concepts taught in the new Create, Collaborate and Communicate class offered to high school students,” said Laura Ruggles, one of two art teachers in the district. “We also added the demonstrations this year so kids can try different things and see what we do in the more advanced grades.”

Local organizations such as the Stanton Rotary Club, the Hornet Football Program, the Yellow Ribbon Club and the Central Montcalm Sports Boosters had informational displays in the high school commons.

Pam and Terry Hanny of Ionia attended the showcase for the first time. They were invited by granddaughter Taylor Hanny, a fifth grader.

“It is really great,” said Pam Hanny, “They have a lot of stuff out for you to see.”

George and Cindy West are veterans, attending every year since 2000 when they moved into the district.

“It is a great opportunity to see what the students of all ages have worked on and not only what your own child has done,” George West of Stanton. “It is good to see the parking lot full and the good support from the community for the night. The district offers the kids a lot of good things and this way you can see a little of what they work on all year.”

Students in sixth grade and higher have the option of selling their pieces. Those attending could make an offer of $10 or higher for an item, with the student choosing to accept the bid or not. All monies raised would go directly to the student, Ruggles said.

Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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