Magic of season captured with Lakes student concert

Lakes Elementary students, friends and family celebrated the joy of the holiday season with concerts held at the Rockford High School auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 1. The show was directed by Lindsay Yntema and featured songs of the holidays, some audience

participation and a “surprise” visit by Santa,played by Principal Blake Bowman. The first half of the concert featured kindergarten and first-grade students, followed by Session II with the second- and third-graders performing before an appreciative audience.

Principal Blake Bowman kicks off the night with kindergarten singers. Photo by JENNA SKARDA




Kindergarten and first-grade students sing “Celebrate with Joy!” Photo by JENN SKARDA
The students try to entice Santa (Principal Bowman) to show himself from his hiding spot behind the fireplace. Photo by JENN SKARDA


“Santa” Bowman thanks parents for coming and wishes a happy holiday to all. Photo by JENN SKARDA
A talented young musician plays “Jingle Bells” on her recorder. Photo by JENN SKARDA


This little girl tells a very cute poem/story about keeping a snowball as a pet and how it ran away while she was sleeping but wet the bed before it left. Photo by JENN SKARDA


Students sing “Silent Night” with audience participation. Photo by JENN SKARDA


The students sing “Hip Hop Reindeer” while wearing their props. There were also a handful of students who stood up front and danced freestyle. Photo by JENN SKARDA

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