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Like ballroom dancing without a partner

With COVID-19 safety restrictions in place, Kenowa Hills High School allowed the show to go on by filming a live performance of “Shakespeare’s Depictions of Love”...

‘Raising kids who care’

Zinser Elementary students created and sold artwork to friends and family and raised $2,100 to put toward a water tank in the community of Mityana, Uganda...

Musicians, actors, artists celebrated in video presentation

The show has gone on in Byron Center schools, with music made, theater performed and art created despite the pandemic...

In the mood for music? Student musicians present collage concert

‘Musical Moods,’ a recruiting tool for high school students, is a long-standing tradition, started 73 years ago. The performance debuts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26 in a livestream format...

Making merry music, from a safe distance

The holidays may look different this year, but Kenowa Hills students are still finding ways to lift spirits by sharing their musical talents...

Sticks and stones, paint and light bulbs

This holiday season, Godwin Heights Middle School students are learning how to care for their environment by creating Christmas ornaments...

Visual performing arts elective lets students explore broadcasting

The daily newscast includes in- and out-of-school topics...

Have cart, will travel

A Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary music teacher has a new cart for her ukuleles, thanks to her school, her husband and the Kent Career Tech Center...

Bringing individual value to shared space

An assignment based on a Detroit art project teaches students that they each help to build and shape their ‘neighborhood’...

Students learn resilience by piecing together art

It’s Bruno Mars and breaking glass in Room 1505 at Kelloggsville High School this fall...

‘These kids just really want to be singing’

Determined to bring back choir in a safe manner, this teacher made changes to her classes based on the latest scientific research and best practices by fellow teachers...

Marching on

The plan is to continue regular rehearsals and to host a number of community events, to be determined...

Celebrating senior singers with a final concert, virtually

Over 120 choral students in grades 9-12 will join voices in a virtual choir to celebrate the graduations of about 45 senior singers, in a prerecorded concert to be posted on the Rockford Choirs YouTube channel...

Creating art anywhere

A new reality of art lessons during the pandemic is the resource savviness required to make it work, technologically and material-wise...

A student’s poem of hope for a tough time

Tanith Frank, an eighth grader at North Rockford Middle School, sounds notes of courage and determination in her poem about getting through this challenging time, together...

The show might go on

Months of preparation and rehearsal suddenly seem for naught as school plays and musicals are postponed...
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