Saluda students present From Global to Local at Saluda Senior Center

Published 3:06 pm Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On Thursday, March 25, after a pot luck supper, and welcome, 19 students from Mrs. Cari Maneens and Mrs. Ginger Rackleys fourth grade classes presented a program, From Global to Local at the Saluda Senior Center.

More often, teachers are requested to help students be global learners and to prepare them for college or a career after graduating from high school. The program was directed by music teacher, Mrs. Sallie Free.

The pledge and National Anthem were presented by Bella Bowser, Paige Boone, and Elizabeth Staton.

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The global section informed the guests of Saluda Schools Olympic Opening Ceremony held in the gym. Each class selected a country that participated in the Olympics. They made a flag and researched their country.&bsp; Principal, Mrs. Dill, announced the countries and quoted some fun facts as students processed around the gym in their parade.

The fourth and fifth graders played recorders to the official olympic theme, Summon the Heroes, by the American composer, John Williams, who also composed other music such as Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back: and many other famous movies and television programs.

They traveled next to the United States. This is the 70th anniversary for American folk singer-songwriter, Woodie Guthrie, and his famous song, This Land is Your Land. The audience sang along as students Jonathan Cantrell and Henry Monts accompanied everyone on the autoharps.

From nation to state, the students informed the audience of symbols, played their recorders, and sang songs from North Carolina, a major part of the fourth grade social studies curriculum. &bsp;

Saluda is an A+ school. This means that core curriculum is taught through the arts. Art, Music, and Physical Education are incorporated into students education. Teachers meet regularly to discuss curriculum and how the arts can be correlated as well as how the arts can correlate the core curriculum into their standard course of study. &bsp;

Last, students spoke of their local community with its charm, trains, many visitors, and of course, Coon Dog Day. They closed the program with the Saluda School Song.