CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - Charleston R-1's very first "Music with Moms (and Other Important Women)" was held on Thursday, February 4 for students in grades PreK to 8th and their mothers or mother figures.
The landmark event featured guest speaker Mrs. Portia Zellars, retired teacher with Charleston R-1 School District and long-time Charleston resident. Mrs. Zellars taught high school mathematics for 44 years, substitute taught for several more years, and is currently a community volunteer and tutor.
Mrs. Zellars spoke on the topic of motherhood, offering insights from her own experiences and encouraging moms to stay strong in the face of modern struggles.
This well-attended event also featured activities located throughout the school, including an obstacle course, a karaoke-dance station, a lesson on Ella Fitzgerald,, face painting, and a novelty photo booth.
A station called "Piano and Xylophone Tricks" taught students how to glissando, trill, and tremolo on a piano and a xylophone. There was also a record player on site, playing actual records for students and parents to listen to. After the guest speaker, pizza and refreshments were served in the commons, including lemonade and cookies provided by OPAA! Food Services. Door prizes were distributed, including 15 CDs donated by local singer Dollette Jones.
The purpose of the event was to promote motherhood, female role-models, and the Arts.
The school would like to thank Mrs. Portia Zellars, Summer Babb, Officer Brenda Bickford, Lawanda Williams, Kyle Johnson, Tyler Babb, Dollette Jones, Tim McClard, Brett Blackman, Ryan Ford, Orange Hat Productions of Charleston, Charleston R-1 Board and administrators, and all Charleston R-1 faculty and staff who contributed to this event.
The event was a product of Hearnes and CMS Title 1 Parent Involvement, organized by Mr. B.J. Babb, Parent Liaison.