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September 21, 2018

Third Graders Perform Holiday Concert At Maroun Elementary


In front of hundreds of family members and friends, third grade students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School recently performed a holiday concert.

Third grade students gather after their holiday concert. Kneeling from left are students Myah Burnham, Nathaniel Quaco, Macray Pelton and Chloe Paoletti. Standing from left are Brandon Kimball, Hunter Eldred, Jason LaRonde, Cameron Kreis and Charles Crandall; as well as teachers Jody Lentz and Carol Van Gorder.

Third grade students gather after their holiday concert. Kneeling from left are students Myah Burnham, Nathaniel Quaco, Macray Pelton and Chloe Paoletti. Standing from left are Brandon Kimball, Hunter Eldred, Jason LaRonde, Cameron Kreis and Charles Crandall; as well as teachers Jody Lentz and Carol Van Gorder.

Under the direction of music teachers Carol Van Gorder and Jody Lentz, students sang a handful of holiday themed songs in front of a packed crowd.

According to Lentz, a lot of preparation had to go into hosting the concert.

“We chose the program months in advance and started teaching the songs at the end of September,” Lentz said. “We collaborated to create choreography, speaking parts and the concert program.”

In order to put on the concert, each third grade student had to learn all of the music during their weekly scheduled music time and had to have dress rehearsals with the entire class on stage three times prior to the concert.

Lentz said she was extremely happy with the turnout for the concert, even with heavy snows falling outside.

“The Phoenix community doesn’t let the weather get in the way of enjoying a concert performed by their children,” Lentz said. “We are always so appreciative of their support for our music programs. We are also grateful for the generosity in our community.”

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