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Carpenter Elemenary School third-graders love their state and they showed it through their “Michigan Concert.”
Favorite people (Bo Schembechler, among others) were featured, as well as descriptions of favorite Great Lakes including the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the best destinations such as the Keewenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and even Bronner’s Christmas store in Frankenmuth (“their average electric bill is $900 – that’s a lot of money!”) were included in student reports on March 30.
Even a song featuring Michigan products from A to Z was included in the school production (“‘P’ is for pasties, a wonderful meal …” sang one student.)
The “Michigan Concert” was coordinated by music teacher Linda Machida, who accompanied students and offered prompts as needed during the afternoon dress rehearsal. “Third and fourth-graders study Michigan in their curriculum,” she explained. “Students do a research project on anything they like in Michigan. We compile them all and do the songs and they do their presentations in between.”
The school enjoyed the production in the afternoon as students did a final rehearsal and parents and community members came in the evening for the finished production. Machida asked parents to donate food items so that made-in-Michigan snack stations could be set up for the evening.
Carpenters’s next school musical event will be the May 18 “Evening With the Arts” which will offer a comedy by fifth-graders, “The Trial of the Big, Bad Wolf” among other student-featured activities. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.