The adventures of a fourth grade teacher in East Central Illinois.

Ghanaian Visitors

Our school is incredibly fortunate to have some great community partners. One of those partners is the Krannert Art Museum and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. As a result of this partnership, the students at Wiley have been able to participate in things such as the fifth grade’s Krannert Art Museum: Week at the Museum (KAM:WAM), free concerts at the KCPA, and special assemblies held at the school.

Today we had one of these special assemblies. It was a visit from the Rhythms and Dances of Africa” troupe from Ghana with guests from the University of Illinois, which is another of our great community partners. The troupe gave an hour-long presentation of drumming, dancing, and music.

The students absolutely loved the performance! Their favourite part, though, was the man who did some incredible stunts, such as multiple hands-free back-flips, standing on his head, juggling hats, and spinning three large washbasins at the same time using his hands and a stick that he held in his mouth.

The students also loved the drumming, the singing, the music, and the dancing, of course. It was exciting to see this group and a great opportunity for the boys and girls to expand their cultural understanding. Several students noted that the Ghanaian performers today were  very similar to the Ugandan performers they saw at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts last year.

This special assembly was a fantastic way to wrap up our day! The fourth graders are going on an all-day field trip tomorrow to Springfield, and then there is an elementary inservice meeting on Friday, so the week is almost done already!


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