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May 22, 2014

South Elementary School takes on 'Idol'

South School students share their talents

LONDONDERRY — South Elementary School students returned from school vacation and produced their own version of “American Idol.”

Students enjoyed an “Elementary Idol” performance recently before friends and family members.

South students chose a musical tune, created their own lyrics to fit the tune, then created unique props and costumes for their performances.

Some students joined together to perform in groups, others went solo.

Some of the top performances included updated songs like “Dinosaurs Roar” and “Robert Had A Little Puppy.”

Teacher Jen Cutuli said the event goes along with the second-grade curriculum of learning beats and rhythms in poetry.

“The children work together to write a song to a familiar tune,” she said.

Cutuli said props can range from construction paper projects to more elaborate construction projects to accompany songs.

Once they sing for the judges, children leave the stage feeling like “super stars” Cutuli said.

“At the end of the show, every performer is given an award and everyone is recognized and knows that their award was specially chosen for them,” Cutuli said. “It really is a confidence building afternoon where children truly shine.”

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