PRESTONSBURG — Following a four-week unit of study at Prestonsburg Elementary, parents and community members were treated to a performance by local artists and students last Friday at the Mountain Arts Center.
Prestonsburg Elementary students from Mrs. Melissa Williams third-grade class took the stage for a rousing musical and artistic performance as part of the Side by Side program.
“I’m always amazed at the talented students we have here in Floyd County Schools and appreciative of the teachers that help craft those skills,” said Superintendent Henry Webb who was in attendance for the show. “The board team and I want to thank everyone involved with putting this together and for allowing our KIDS the opportunity to showcase these talents in an entertaining public performance.”
The culminating performance brought to a close a four-week unit of study which featured collaboration between local artists and students in Mrs. Williams’ class. Students played dulcimers and harmonicas, sang and explained and discussed their displayed artwork as well. The Side by Side program offers students a creative outlet by allowing them to work “side by side” with a local artist.
Students learned about dulcimers with music teacher Kathi Caudill, harmonicas with local artist Adam Williamson, and art with art teacher and local artist Wendy Poe. Students also had the experience of learning to play while being accompanied by MAC Director Keith Caudill.
Students performed old favorites “Crawdad Hole” and “Hot Cross Buns” on dulcimers. Crystal Allen, Virginia Harris and Jesse Brimmer sang “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” urging the audience to join in.
Robert Brow and Lucas Ousley, accompanied by Keith Caudill, played “Electronic Dreams” using an electronic form of music on iPads. In addition, Lucas delighted the crowd with his own song, “Angel’s Harps,” as did Robert with his song, “Robert’s Rock and Roll.” Anthony Estep, Wesley Mozena and Ryan Wallace joined local artist Adam Williamson playing the “Harmonica Blues,” while accompanied by Keith Caudill. Nathan Hunt introduced his tribute to George Jones. while Jesse Brimmer described to the audience the media and techniques used in creating the students’ works of art.
Mrs. Williams students who participated in last Friday’s concert include Crystal Allen, Jacklanne Barry, Jesse Brimmer, Robert Brow, Zachary Cline, Jordan Collins, Samantha Collins, Anthony Estep, Ariel Hamilton, Virginia Harris, Nathan Hurt, Timothy Lafferty, James Maines, Chase Marsillett, Matthew Marsillett, Jacob McDowell, Ryan Meade, Wesley Mozena, Lucas Ousley, Sydney Robinson, Dakota Smalley and Ryan Wallace.