By Christy Newell —
OAKHURST — The first grade students at Oakhurst Elementary once again had the privilege of representing the school at the annual Peach Blossom Festival at Fresno State on earlier this month.
The purpose of the Peach Blossom Festival is to expose children to oral interpretations and allow them to have a positive experience at Fresno State. Children from all over the Central Valley are invited to attend and perform.
It has become a tradition at Oakhurst Elementary School (OES) for the first graders to go to Peach Blossom as a large group. The first grade teachers encourage all of the students to participate and practice memorizing a story or poem. This year, teachers chose to have the students perform “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.” The students worked hard and practiced two to three times a week, over the course of two months.
On the day of the field trip down to Fresno State, you could feel the excitement in the air. All the performers climbed onto the bus and chatter immediately erupted. The students were nervous, excited and anxious — they didn’t know what to expect. Every five minutes you could hear a student ask, “Are we there yet?”
Once we arrived and made our way into the large auditorium, our 35 first graders were ready to take the stage in their tie-dyed t-shirts. Hearts pounding, faces smiling, and ready to perform.
First graders were not the only students from OES to take the stage; congratulations to all the participants:
35 First Graders ~ “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes”
Mrs. Williams’s Second Grade Small Group ~ “When Spring Comes”
Mrs. Harsha’s Second Grade Small Group ~ “That’s Good, That’s Bad”
Mrs. Johnson’s Second Grade Small Group ~ “Pigsty”
June & Benjamin (4th Grade) ~ “Kevin the King of the Jungle”
Derek (4th Grade) ~ “Twistable Turnable Man”
Brynn (4th Grade) ~ “If the World Were Crazy”
Kathryn, Athena, & Emily (4/5) ~ “I Found a Four-Leaf Clover”
Riley (5th Grade) ~ “…Argue a Tennis Ball”
Allyson (5th Grade) ~ “The Was a Creaking”
All performers received “SUPERIOR” on their performances!