STANTON — What originally began as a community dinner featuring Central Montcalm Public School has now evolved to the Education Showcase, one of the biggest events for the district.
The 39th annual Education Showcase is planned for Thursday at the high school/middle school complex, and features works of art, displays of projects and live entertainment by student groups. Doors open at 5:30 for senior citizens while the Education Showcase runs from 6 to 8 p.m. for the general public.
“It is a great community event where our kindergarten to 12th grade students can proudly show what they have accomplished,” said Superintendent Kristi Teall, “We take one evening out of the year to acknowledge that.”
The high school campus will be turned into an art studio, with halls lined with artwork and various genres of art works displayed throughout the media center, said organizer Corinda Wilcox.
The high school choir will perform at 6 p.m., followed by the upper elementary school ballroom dancers at 6:15 p.m. The high school/middle school band plays at 6:45 p.m. and a new feature this year, a raffle by the Central Montcalm Community Foundation, will be at 7:30 p.m.
“They have been selling tickets since August and are raffling off a pontoon,” Teall noted.
The pom pom team will present a finale at 7:40 p.m.
“Our art teacher, Laura Ruggles, about 15 years ago, started adding art projects to the community dinner, taking above and beyond with this showcase,” said Wilcox.
In the middle school, featured works such as dioramas, written essays, math projects and social studies maps all highlight the work the younger students have diligently prepared.
“The teachers have been planning all year what projects the students will work on to display for this night,” Wilcox said.