MINETTO, NY – Sixth grade students at Minetto Elementary School brought cheers and lots of laughs to a packed gymnasium recently for the school’s traditional circus event.
The participants wore neon green shirts with “Minetto School Circus 2014” emblazoned on the front of each.
The fun-filled event featured a variety of performances including: hula hoops, devil sticks, diabolos, juggling rings, scarves and juggling balls.
Students also put on comedy skits, walked on stilts and performed acrobatics.
A student emcee “brought down the house” with jokes and light-hearted segues between acts.
According to Crystal Mason, an art teacher at Minetto Elementary, the student led event has become a meaningful Minetto Tradition for the past 15 years.
“The tradition began with a National Circus project years ago, but in recent years we chose to have the students lead their own in-house production,” Mason said. “The students practice for the show during their art, music or physical education time for a couple of weeks leading up to the circus event. Throughout the circus activity, students practiced not only their circus skills, but learned the importance of teamwork, cooperation, and planning.”