Members of Conway High School's Marching Band got to experience the atmosphere and exposure of a Razorback basketball game as they joined members of the 'Hogwild' Band at the University of Arkansas recently.
Conway Band Director Nathan Cunningham says the opportunity came about after he visited with the Director of the Hogwild Band about the possibility of bringing a few students to visit.
"As we looked at the schedule, he saw a game where the University was still on winter break and he would not have as many Hogwild Band members in attendance," Cunningham said. "So this allowed us to take 50 Conway students to play with the Hogwild Band."
As an added bonus, the Razorbacks were playing against LSU in a SEC Conference match-up.
The combined Courtside Cats members and Hogwild Band members added up to over 100 musicians.
Cunningham says even though the Razorbacks didn't play well, the students had a blast!
"It was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever experienced in my life," says Mason Choate, Junior Trumpet player. "Everything was so organized and professional, which made the experience even more fun. I hope to be in the Hogwild Band someday."
"My experience when I went to play with the Hogwild Band was great! I made new friends and the band was fun," says Ca'Taija Anderson, Sophomore Clarinet Player.
Students at Jim Stone Elementary will be “teeing it up” and learning some new skills in PE class, after receiving a grant from Community Service, Inc.
Beginning in 2013, Community Service, Inc. formed a partnership with The First Tee of Central Arkansas to bring The First Tee Character Development programming to our area.
Jim Stone will participate in the First Tee’s “National School Program” this Spring.
The First Tee National School Program brings the First Tee curriculum to a child’s Physical Education classroom. Through a variety of safe and fun activities, elementary students will learn the basic skills of the lifelong sport of golf.
The program not only gives the students the opportunity to learn golf, but also shows them the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.
The First Tee Program provides training for the teachers, as well as equipment and lesson plans that integrate golf skills, motor skills, core values, and healthy habits.
Principal Mark Lewis says his teachers and students are very excited about this new partnership.
“We are truly honored to have been selected to be a part of the National First Tee School Program. This program has proven results nationwide that go beyond just teaching a lifelong love of golf. The basis of the program also blends character education and wellness in a manner that helps to foster productive and healthy members of society.”
Jim Stone is the first school in Conway to be chosen for the program, which has been implemented in more than 9,000 elementary schools across the country.
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