Students at Pleasantview Elementary School in Eastpointe Community Schools perform several songs at the school’s holiday show. Photo by Brendan Losinski
The elementary school students in Eastpointe Community Schools and Roseville Community Schools began their holiday breaks with some Christmas fun.
Each school in both districts hosted their end-of-term concerts and performances to cap off the semester in a fun and educational way.
“It’s a great way to head into the Christmas season because it ties everything up,” said Laurie Hillebrand, the principal of Pleasantview Elementary School in Eastpointe. “It’s a celebration before they go home. It brings that sense of community before they are home for the holidays.”
Educating kids in music and the arts takes on many different forms, even at the elementary level.
Giving children the opportunity to learn about music and perform provides them with a variety of benefits. “I think it helps kids find their niche,” said Hillebrand. “There are some kids who are so quiet and shy in the classroom, and they just come out of their shell when they sing or rehearse.
It’s also important for the community to come to the school and see what’s going on in the schools. It’s a great learning experience for them to see something through from beginning to end, and follow that through.”
While most schools had their students perform a vocal concert, Pleasantview Elementary did something extra special for the season with a shortened performance of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
Wendy Goodcourage, the co-op aide at the school, led the charge on putting the program together. “We decided at the end of October that we wanted to put together a talent show or something,” she said.
“We got together to do a holiday play. We found a condensed version of the play and put some sets and costumes together.” She said the students all worked very hard to prepare. “We worked for 15 minutes with the kids at each lunch in three groups,” Goodcourage said.
“Then they went home and studied, and we started working with them for an hour after school starting last week.” It was an exciting change of pace for the school and the district. “We haven’t had a play or any kind of Christmas program in several years, so this is very, very exciting for us at Pleasantview,” Hillebrand said.