Port St. Joe Elementary School welcomed the holiday season through the majesty of song last Friday.
During a Christmas concert students in the 21st Century After-School program performed holiday favorites for their peers and parents.
The music was conducted by Becky Hare and students sang renditions of Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.
Several students also gave a reading of the popular holiday poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
“Music is a very big help to kids in school and every area of life,” said Hare. “It even helps academically.”
Paper ornaments, fingerprint snowmen and elf legs crafted by the students covered the stage to set the holiday mood.
A paper Christmas tree was a collaboration of all classes involved. Art direction was provided by teacher Julie Hodges.
Principal Designee Jo Clements told the audience that each piece of art was different and was meant to remind them that each person is unique.
“Think about the true meaning of Christmas,” Clements told the audience. “I hope it makes a difference in your outlook for your Christmas this year.”
Piano versions of classic Christmas tunes were delivered by Boston McGhee, Ayden Sapp, Gabriella Price and Hannah Riley.
The 21st Century After-School program has been going for eight years and is a project-based learning model that brings music and art, subjects not taught within the core curriculum, to students for three hours a day.
The program, which works with kids in Kindergarten through third grade, is an extension of school that keeps learning going, even after hours.
“It’s such a wonderful program,” said Clements. “We’re so proud to be able to offer it in Gulf County.
“We’re very proud of our boys and girls.”