by Denise Blaszynski
President, Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters
Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” It certainly took a village or more to put together the Knight of Performances sponsored by the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters.
The event was held March 9, at Kaneland Harter Middle School, and showcased an array of talented middle and high school student performers. A committee comprised of 10 dedicated parent volunteers met for months to orchestrate an event the whole Kaneland community enjoyed.
Over 400 people were entertained by a wide variety of student performances—from classical to jazz to Taylor Swift. It was the first Kaneland event in recent years where scores of middle and high school students performed in the same venue. Students were able to perform in a familiar setting in front of family and friends.
A few students used this event as a way to overcome anxiety, which often occurs at the mere thought of performing. Others selected to perform a piece that had earned them an award.
High school performers became role models for their younger counterparts, while budding middle school musicians were able to show off their emerging talents.
Members of the high school’s acting club showcased their performance skills. Parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends all stayed to not only watch their own child’s performance, but an evening full of performances. The middle school music directors gave up an entire Saturday to assist with the event; dozens of parents volunteered, as well.
More than 70 baskets adorned the entire back wall of the middle school cafeteria. Those basket items were donated by local businesses and individuals from the Kaneland community and the surrounding area. Through the generosity of those who purchased basket raffle tickets, the Boosters were able to raise funds that will be used for the band, chorus and theatre program at both the middle and high school.
This past Monday, the Boosters approved a motion to purchase a hand-held recording device for the Harter Middle School band directors. This purchase would not have happened without the tremendous outpouring of support the Boosters witnessed at the Knight of Performances and from parents throughout this past year.
When it was all said and done, the committee was pleased with the results, and new ideas began to emerge for next year. The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters hopes that the Knight of Performances becomes a tradition in the Kaneland community for years to come.
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