Bristol Elementary art night evokes spirit of Africa

       With the help of a grant to the Bristol Elementary PTA, the school had a well-attended art night Feb. 12.

During “Uzuri Afrika Ugunduzi” (Beautiful African Creations) night at Bristol Elementary Feb. 12, playing African-style music were (top) student violinsts and (bottom) drummers.
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       The program, including student performances and art projects, was titled “Uzuri Afrika Ugunduzi” (Beautiful African Creations). Also offered were cuisine samples, games, face painting, craft tables and a professional storyteller (Ken Willaby) - all in an African theme.
       Michelle Stellick of the PTA estimated that 450 people (including 150 students) came to the event. “It was really a huge success,” she said. “All of the kids had two pieces of art displayed, more than half the school got to perform and they got an in-depth education on Africa. The parents got to see what their kids are learning and that the arts are an integral part of their students' education.”
       The hope, she added, is to make it “an annual event with a different part of the world studied each year.”
       The Bristol PTA applied for the $1,897 grant through the National PTA Take Your Families to School Week, sponsored by the AXA Foundation. According to Stellick, such grants were awarded to 32 schools nationwide, with Bristol the only recipient in Colorado. The award criteria included promoting family involvement in the school.

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