Delaney Yoder, a 5th grader from Eisenhower Elementary, said her favorite classes of the day were dance choreography and Project Bling.
“It’s my second year here. I had a lot of fun, so I came back,” Yoder said.
Terri Street, Longfellow Middle School librarian, who taught the workshop Project Bling said kids not only had the opportunity to be creative but they learned about patterns and developed fine motor skills while crafting jewelry.
“We’ve even had several boys participate. One told me he was going to give his necklace to his mother as a Valentine’s gift,” Street said.
Bailey Beard said she really hoped that the festival could continue to grow to include grades 9th-12th and offer scholarships.
“We really need funding from a major corporation so that we can continue to grow,” she said. “The festival is unique in that it is open to kids from the entire state. Kids really do come in bus loads because not all small schools can offer what we do...And there is nothing better than seeing the kids walk across the stage so proud of their work.”
Get the Lead Out was made possible in part by grants from the Norman Public Schools Fine Arts Library and Gifted and Talent programs as well as contributions made from Bailey Beard, Longfellow Gifted and Talented funds, local businesses and benefactors.
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