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Community Event Give Kids A Hand On EHS Campus
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Escalon High School students, from musicians to drama club members, ag welding students to artists, will put their talents on display tonight, Wednesday, March 23.

It's the 'Give Kids a Hand' event and is being offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the open house night for the annual Arts Alive districtwide art show, staged in the old gym on the high school campus.

"'Give Kids A Hand' is a celebration of student effort and achievement," said EHS teacher Annie Dunn, one of the event coordinators, working in cooperation with Sherri Jensen to put on the special night. "As a replacement for a traditional open house, the evening is designed to showcase the work students are doing in the various departments and classes, acknowledge the diverse clubs and groups on campus, provide opportunity for parents to become involved in various activities on campus, allow for clubs to fundraise and promote their activities, and, of course, to celebrate EUSD student art work at Arts Alive."

This year various clubs are selling food items in the food court so that families can enjoy a dinner of linguica, tortellini and garlic bread, or Mexican food, as well as various snacks. Drama, choir, FFA, and band will be performing in the theater throughout the evening.

"The 'Be The Change' Club is sponsoring an open mic in the quad and students will be serenading visitors as they peruse classic cars and motorcycles," added Dunn. "Our counseling department will be demonstrating how to access and utilize our EHS website and other technology in the library. And, of course, teachers will be available to talk about classes, and have various demonstrations and participatory activities planned as well as student work on display."

Department displays will be set up in the new gym and several students will be available to discuss clubs, school events and activities with visitors.

"They can do it all, whatever interests them," Dunn said of encouraging parents and community residents to come see what the school has to offer. "We just want to get more people to come."

The annual Arts Alive art show features work from students at all grade levels and from all schools in the district, from Collegeville kindergarten students to the seniors at EHS. Visitors to the 'Give Kids a Hand' are also invited to stop by the old gym and take a look at the artwork.

Dunn said the idea is to highlight the wide variety of activities for students, noting that the school is as focused on academics and clubs as they are on sports.

"EHS is known for our outstanding athletics, but we're also proud of the academic and service activities of our students," Dunn said.