Woodland students get traditional

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The Grade 3-­ 6 students at Woodland Elementary in Dildo have been part of an awesome experience.

The school had been provided with an Arts Smarts grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador ArtsCouncil, and on May 21, a showcase took place in the school’s gymnasium.

Kelly Russell, noted storyteller and musician, has been working with the students since March.

He has been educating them on the popular Tales from Pigeon Inlet stories by his late father, Ted Russell.

They have  learned to write stories based on those characters and become familiar with 'the life and the times' of their grandparents' days.

Also, the students have learned traditional Newfoundland dances, and two of their school music program groups performed the songs for the dances.

The 30 fiddlers and six accordion players learned traditional tunes from Russell and provided accompaniment while class peers performed the dances.

The sessions ended on May 21st with an afternoon show case of storytelling, dance and musical performances by all the students involved.

— Submitted by Lorraine Harnum, principal of Woodland Elementary

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador ArtsCouncil

Geographic location: Dildo, Newfoundland

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