Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
In celebration of the recent holiday, Lauren and I coordinated a fun project with Ms. Gorbaty’s class of third and fourth graders at Holmes Elementary. We read to them from the book So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George, which gives some funny and quirky stories about some of our past presidents, along with some of their accomplishments, showing kids how they are just normal people like us. We then had them complete the sentence: “If I were President, I would…”, filling in a mini president silhouette with their answer. We glued each kid’s response onto a large piece of brown paper with a tree on it, so each silhouette was a “leaf” on the tree. The students’ answers ranged from, “I would buy me a mansion and a black mustang,” to “I would clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” A common theme was “giving money to the poor people,” and one kid even wanted to “build a new White House”! Overall, the kids really enjoyed the project, and they were able to learn a little more about the U.S. Presidents!
On February 4, 2011, K-grams pulled out all the stops, sponsoring the first annual Service Rocks variety show! This Mock Rock-inspired event was tons of fun, and a great fundraiser at the same time. Members of Circle K, Dance Marathon, DoRAK, and ONE Campaign took to the stage at the Mendelssohn to perform for a star-studded judges panel. Alex Wood of Michigan Men’s Soccer, Ellen Gorbaty, a wonderful third and fourth grade teacher from our BookMARK program, and David Hines Jr., Michigan Marching Band Drum Major, awarded DoRAK the first place title! Of course, an enthusiastic group of K-grams directors and KPC members strutted their stuff as well! I had a blast helping Elementary Programming Director Marissa Fellows with choreography for a school-themed dance number, featuring songs such as Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, ABC by The Jackson 5, and We’re All in This Together from High School Musical! It was incredible to see what a great routine we put together in such a short amount of time. I can’t wait to see where this show will go in years to come!!