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SRES Spreads ‘Cowboy Christmas’ Cheer

The SRES beginning violinists received lessons from the Phoenix Symphony. Here, a student passionately plays his violin.

Salt River Elementary School presented “Christmas at the O.K. Corral” as the school’s annual Christmas program on Friday, December 9. The school’s courtyard was filled with students, faculty, school staff and family members, all participating and showing support for the performers.

The event kicked off with a welcome given by assistant principal Barb Panizzo. She welcomed family and visitors to the school and wished everyone a happy holiday season. The program was produced by SRES music teacher Suzanne Decker.

The SRES choir performed three songs, followed by performances by the beginning/advanced violin classes and the SRES band. They performed a total of 11 songs, including Christmas favorites “Silent Night” in O’odham, “Jingle Bells,” “This Magic Season” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (“Ode to Joy”).

A short skit directed by SRES teacher Nancy Pelletier was performed at the O.K. Corral, where 10 students were given speaking parts and various classrooms performed songs and dances. All students were dressed for their cowboy Christmas, complete with kerchiefs, cowboy hats and all.

The program ended with square dancing in the courtyard as Christmas music lingered in the air. Students sent staff and faculty off humming Christmas music while awaiting Christmas day.

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