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December 20, 2012

Third-graders become circus performers


“At this age, it is so important to them to have an opportunity to gain skills, to get confidence in themselves and to be able to perform what they have learned in front of a supportive audience,” Herzig added. 

Cooper Guzy was a part of the balance team during the performance and said he found it hard to learn to balance things.

“I was really nervous,” said Cooper, who had family members watching in the audience.

“It was exciting to perform in front of my family. It was a great experience,” he continued.

Emma Pastor was also a part of the balancing team.

“We practiced with Little Lou and she was a good teacher,” she said.

Emma said she was nervous before the performance but felt good once it was all over.

“It was a good experience,” she said.

The stilts were the hardest thing to balance, according to Madison Hayes. During practice, she said, she learned to balance other items such as foam noodles and feathers.

Abe Lippitt played a clown during the performance. He said, “I was very nervous and I just did not want to mess up. I just wanted to be perfect, so I just tried to go with the flow.”

“We just did what she (Little Lou) told us, and I think we did a great job,” he added.

Abe said it was a wonderful experience and he hopes the district brings the project back for other students in the future.

Herzig said the goal is to have the National Circus Project back again.

“We have made a commitment to have it back sooner than eight years,” she said. “We had it eight years ago, and it is an expensive program, but so many children, all the kids K-6, benefit from it.”

The elementary school was able to host Circus Week this year thanks to donations from the parent teacher association and an anonymous donor.

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