THE MUSIC CORE CLUB CELEBRATES AT CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY
CELEBRATING A LEGACY AT CHEROKEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Since 1964, Cherokee Elementary School, at 300 Cherokee Street, has welcomed students, parents and citizens with gracious smiles, positive academic excellence, and “gleaming Terrazzo floors.” With the recently adopted 5-Year Facilities Study, Cherokee will be closed at the end of the current school year. "The doors to Cherokee Elementary may be closed to elementary students in Sumter County Schools, but the current use of the building by Head Start and the increasing interest in the future use of this proud building continue to mount," said Dr. Wanda Jackson, Principal of the school. To celebrate the proud legacy, the student body and faculty leadership of Cherokee Core Knowledge Academy, led by Exploratory Teachers, Nora Carter, Terri Lee, and Mike Ryan, presented The Annual Core Knowledge Performance of first graders. The theme of the production was "New York, New York." Over 150 leaders members of the community, principals, parents,board members, and long-time Mentors and volunteers, met in the gym-sanatorium for a three-act production. As guests entered the front door of Cherokee Elementary, they were greeted by student ambassadors. Escorted to the lower corridor of Cherokee and brightly-decorated entrance to the gym-sanatorium, guests entered on a red carpet. Before seating in the spacious gym, a scrumptious breakfast menu was served from the laden buffet tables. As the show opened, a historical review of the northeastern United States was delivered. The final city mentioned was New York, New York. Professionally costumed, the group of Core Music Members delivered vocal excellence and choreography unexpected by first graders. Student narrations and solo work were staged throughout the program. Act II was characteristic of The Big Apple Circus. Filled with acrobatics, a parade of animals and clowns, members of the Physical Education Core Club welcomed laughter from the audience. Act III was a tribute to American Heroes as members of the Art Core Club, the Music Core Club, and the Flag Core Club portrayed a reminder of September 11, 2001 with an uplifting reminder of the pride we should have in being an American. For their show's reprise, all members of the cast returned to the stage arena for jubilant celebration for their proud American Heritage and the legacy of Cherokee Elementary. Excited with this tribute by Cherokee Elementary First Graders, Principal Jackson stepped forward to thank the many guests for their "long support of Cherokee Elementary and continued support for the proud years to come." "It does take a village to raise a child and we have been proud to be a major part of this village - Thank you for all you have done to support Cherokee,” closed Dr. Jackson. Led by Choral Music Director, Mr. Mike Ryan, students in the Music Core Club set the pace for a spectacular celebration of the legacy of Cherokee Elementary.