The hallways adorned with original artwork and melodies merrily bouncing from wall to wall in the gymnasium, Eisenhower Elementary School, Coon Rapids, celebrated its annual Allied Arts Night March 26.
The school choir performed several numbers and then fourth-graders presented 16 selections, skillfully and energetically playing their recorders for an appreciative audience.
The closing act of the night had first- and second-graders singing, dancing and entertaining in full costume as they took the stage to perform “E-I-E-I Oops!”, a musical written by John Jacobson and John Higgins about life on the farm and a cow that won’t moo.
Parents helped decorate the stage and surrounding area and made costumes for the cast of characters, too.
Outside the gymnasium, the halls were covered with samples of the students’ best artwork: folk art roosters, cultural heritage posters, Adinkra cloths illustrating West African wisdom, gilded trees, paper monkeys, children’s renditions of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and more.
“This is always such a great night. So full of energy and fun. The kids love it,” one parent said as students took a final bow and exited the stage.
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