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May Day Tea Makes History Come Alive


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Abby deRonnebeck points to the sixth president while paper boy Sadie Smith shares the latest headlines about John Quincy Adams.

OVANDO – Ovando School's eight students hosted their annual May Day Tea May 25. They took those in attendance on a journey through the first 85 years of American History. Three of Sunset School's students also joined the group for a few of the skits.

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Sunset student Lucas Nygard twirls Ovando student Matilda Hessler during the interpretive dance about the underground railroad.

The whole performance was written and created by the students.

The audience watched as students took them through colonial times, highlights of the first 15 presidencies and western expansion following the Louisiana Purchase and slavery.

Students had the opportunity to work with Laurel Sears to create an interpretive dance about the Underground Railroad.

Thanks to funding from the Ovando School Cultural Enrichment Committee, students worked with two cinematographers for two days to produce an original film "Tom and Huck." The film was debuted at the Tea.

"The students concluded that society has changed drastically and they are pretty happy they are on this end of it," said Valiton.

The performance closed with the audience joining the students singing "America the Beautiful" accompanied by Ovando student Sadie Smith.


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