‘Be A Hero’ theme of Sand Creek showcase

“Be A Hero” was the theme of the annual art fair and family fun night April 12 at Sand Creek Elementary School, Coon Rapids.

Coon Rapids native Pvt. Joshua Lopez of the U.S. Army is greeted by Vincent Danh, 9, and his mother Jean Fields at Sand Creek Elementary School April 12 during the school’s showcase night. Lopez, a 2011 Coon Rapids High School graduate who also attended Sand Creek, is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in November.

Coon Rapids native Pvt. Joshua Lopez of the U.S. Army is greeted by Vincent Danh, 9, and his mother Jean Fields at Sand Creek Elementary School April 12 during the school’s showcase night. Lopez, a 2011 Coon Rapids High School graduate who also attended Sand Creek, is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan in November.

The Sand Creek Showcase is a “combination of our art fair and our PTO family fun night,” said Principal Paul Anderson.

The “Be A Hero” theme was taken from a project in which students read a book about heroes, said Susie Dedo Jahoda, Sand Creek media specialist.

The main character in the book, a little girl, is fine while she is winning, but wants to quit when she is losing, according to Dedo Jahoda.

The book teaches students that while it’s nice to win, that does not happen all the time and losing is OK as long as the person tries their best and does not give up, and that makes a person a hero, Dedo Jahoda said.

The heroes that the school recognized at the showcase included those serving in the military and those working in public safety, she said.

Indeed, one side of the gymnasium was set aside for students to write postcards to military heroes, which were mailed to them.

In return, the students were given a free book.

Also in the gym greeting people was 2011 Coon Rapids High School graduate Pvt. Joshua Lopez of the U.S. Army, who had also attended Sand Creek.

Lopez, who has lived in Coon Rapids all his life, is presently stationed at the joint U.S. Army/U.S. Air Force Lewis-McChord Base in the state of Washington.

But in November, he is scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan, Lopez said.

Comedy juggler Alan Johnson entertained in the other half of the gymnasium, while kids could play “Wheel of Fortune” in the media center to win a prize.

A photo booth was set up where students and families could have their photos taken using clothes and props from past Sand Creek music department productions.

In addition, “Be A Hero” temporary tattoos were placed on children’s hands, while students could create a piece of art work and leave with a free art work display frame.

Parents were also invited to accompany their child to their classroom to look at the art work displayed in each room, and collect and take home their student’s projects.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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