The discipline and dedication that Jenny described her students to have in her grant application was apparent upon our arrival. Because the school did not have an auditorium, they conducted their rehearsal on the playground with dozens of kids playing and causing distractions. This environment did not detour these kids from learning the steps required to perform the dance routine. After only 30 minutes of watching them practice, it was clear that these students were quick learners and dedicated to making their performance the best holiday dance recital in Handy Elementary School history!
After a quick water break, Jenny introduced the RIOT team. We congratulated the dance team on all the hard work they've done and informed them of the grant that their coach was awarded. The team got excited and wanted to open the box to see the shirts they would be wearing during their performance. We asked for two volunteers to open the box and all hands went up followed by, "oh me! pick me!". Jenny chose two students who opened the box, pulled out a shirt, and showed it to their teammates. All the students smiled from ear to ear and were eager to try them on. Their excitement was contagious and we were happy and humbled to be a part of it.
Please check out the pictures! Their faces tell a better story than the previous words can describe.