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Music curriculum rebounds, as the concert proves

Tonica School officials pleased

Tonica Grade School first-grader Alexis Baker helped her schoolmates sing about the cold weather and the importance of mittens during their school's recent Winter Concert. Tonica school officials said they were pleased with the students' musical performances.
Tonica Grade School first-grader Alexis Baker helped her schoolmates sing about the cold weather and the importance of mittens during their school's recent Winter Concert. Tonica school officials said they were pleased with the students' musical performances.

TONICA — After arts and music were cut from Tonica Grade School’s curriculum in March of last year, some might have wondered whether such activities could rebound.

A recent Winter Concert music program indicates that they can, and have.

“What a music program!” Principal-Superintendent Chuck Schneider said at last week’s Tonica Grade School Board meeting.

Schneider said the Dec. 10 concert saw 300 people or more attend as the community showed its support for the students and for the arts.

“It was an incredible experience,” Schneider said.

“If I could sum up the comments I was hearing, it was, ‘This is what the community needed.’”

“It wasn’t just, ‘My kid’s up there,’” Schneider said. “It was, ‘This is really good.’”

Nikki Freeman agrees with that sentiment, noting that “The bucket drums, they actually had a beat.”

James Whitmore, district financial consultant and former interim superintendent, had his own take to provide.

“If you remember where you were last August, to now being able to offer a music program, I don’t think I’ve ever personally experienced anything like it,” Whitmore said.

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