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Benton Heights Gives Back
Marvin Elementary school gave our students the chance to collect books to give to other kids who might need them. We “adopted” Benton Heights Elementary last year and wanted to share with them again. We donated lots of books and each child received their very own new book. As a thank you, Benton Heights invited our 5th grade students to see a play.
On Friday, March 20th, the 5th graders at Marvin Elementary went on a field trip to Benton Heights Elementary School to see their production of Annie Kids. The cast members started tryouts in September and sang in front of “judges”. Many students tried out but only a few made it. After tryouts the cast worked from 2:00 to 4:30 every day after school.
Annie was played by Benton Heights own Iyari Velazquez. She’s in 4th grade and is a really good actress. She was excited to be in a different play when she was in 3rd grade. She practices every day so she can be better in front of a live audience. She also wants a career in drama.
Isaiah Kennedy played Daddy Warbucks, Annie’s rich adopted father. Isaiah is a 3rd grader at the school. He rehearsed 2 and a half hours a day at school and even worked 10 minutes every day at home too. He says it took him a whole month to memorize all of his lines! Isaiah shared with me that, “It felt pretty good to play a millionaire.”
They played all of the classic songs like “It’s the Hard-Knock Life”, “Tomorrow” and even “Maybe”. All the 5th graders had a good time at Benton Heights Elementary School. Thank you Benton Heights!
Written by: Charlie Scott, 5th Grade Student
Posted: Mar 31, 2015 by Marni Menkin