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Stafford students shine at talent show


Kids perform talent show for parents, peers and staff

The stars were out at Stafford Primary School on June 12. That’s when fourth- and fifth-graders had their chance to shine at the school’s third annual Tigers Got Talent show. by: TIDINGS PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Students, from left, Bridgette Chenevert, Clay Masters and Emma Lloyd, perform Stafford Style.

Students auditioned for the noncompetitive event, and this year, every group that tried out was asked to advance to the final performance.

In all, 25 acts involving about 40 students performed in front of parents and fellow students.

Headed up by the school’s fifth-grade student council, the event is student organized and student run.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Braden Woodward and Eli Thayer sing to Celebrate by Kool and the Gang. “And they did it beautifully,” said Instructional Coordinator Patrick Minor. “We had cup-stacking, dance, singing, gymnastics, comedy routines and more. The purpose is to give kids a chance to show off the talents they don’t normally have a chance to exhibit in classrooms.”

Early in the show, one act turned out to be a crowd-pleaser: A group of boys and girls from fourth grade came together to rewrite the lyrics to a popular song,”Gangnam Style,” and present their own version, “Stafford Style.”

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - From left, Bridgette Chenevert, Clay Masters and Emma Lloyd pose during their performance of 'Stafford Style.'“Every year we evaluate it and think, ‘Do we want to do this again?’” said Minor. “After the show, it’s clear from student and parent response. It’s worth it. We focus on academics at school but want to make sure we have an opportunity for kids to show off their different talents.”