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Students at Guntersville Elementary School love to learn and perform music! During the 2018-2019 school year, students at GES have had the opportunity to be music maniacs.

MusicMania is a grant that was funded through the Apple Foundation and provided, students in kindergarten through second grade with memories that will last a lifetime.

The performances began on Thursday, November 8, 2018, with second grade. They presented a Veteran’s Day tribute called “We Love America.”This performance was dedicated in memory of Eloise Patton.

Ms. Patton was a long-time second grade teacher at the school and had an integral part in starting the yearly tradition. Students sang several classic patriotic songs as well as some new favorites.

Performances continued on Tuesday, December 18, when first grade presented their show “On With the Snow.” This performance included songs that were all about snow and had an overall theme of kindness to others. Colman Lane’s speaking part summed up the theme quite well: “Kindness and warmth win if we let them begin, and they always win, when they begin from within.” There was even a special appearance by the Abominable Snowman, Bigfoot and Sasquatch.

GES couldn’t end the year without a performance from the kindergarten students. Their show, “The Bravest Fish” was based on a book of the same title by Matt Buckingham.

This is a cute little story about Stanley the fish and his adventures while looking for his friends. The music department arranged a musical program to include songs that were family favorites and many others.

During the morning performance on May 16, the students in the audience had a great time singing along to “Baby Shark” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

A special thanks goes out to the Apple Foundation for their support of the arts in our schools and specifically at Guntersville Elementary School. These yearly programs, that have become memory-making traditions, would not be possible without their funding.

(Laura Clevenger is the music and art enrichment teacher at Guntersville Elementary School.)

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