Letter: Cheers for Kaleidoscope

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 01:34 AM

To the editor:

I would like to give a standing ovation for everyone responsible for Kaleidoscope 2014, the 22nd year of the Education Foundation’s premiere student talent showcase. Many individuals and businesses make this entertaining student showcase of performance and visual arts a true success, and it is my purpose to give my sincerest thanks to all who are, year after year, instrumental in Kaleidoscope’s overwhelming success.

Community sponsors are an integral part of Kaleidoscope because 100 percent of their donations are returned to participating schools for instructional materials in the music and art departments. Thank you, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corp., Broyhill Family Foundation, Certus Bank, First Citizens Bank, Google, The Bold and Beautiful, The Floyd Group and Valley Rentals. Your contributions make a world of difference in the lives of children.

Without the dedication of Caldwell County school teachers, Kaleidoscope would not be possible. Teachers spend countless hours assisting students in the Kaleidoscope process. Art and music teachers from 20 schools across the county gave their time and expertise to 301 talented students. Thank you for your dedication and time. Without you all, students would not have the Kaleidoscope experience.

The J.E. Broyhill Civic Center staff is yet another important team that works diligently for Kaleidoscope’s yearly success. Thank you, Jeff Bentley, director, James Richards, sound engineer, and William Knight, lighting engineer. We appreciate your expertise, which allows our students to have a memorable professional stage experience.

During auditions, dress rehearsal and the performance The Education Foundation Board of Directors fill 40 volunteer slots for a total of 205 volunteer hours. Ben Willis and Ann Smith introduce students with grace and humor. The continued success of Kaleidoscope would not be complete without the board and the dedication and hard work of the foundation’s executive director, Pat Triplett, and assistant director, Kathy McAteer. These ladies work behind the scenes to organize and direct all aspects of the production.

So hats off to everyone that makes Kaleidoscope a success, but we cannot have a show without the wonderful, talented students and their families. Thank you for allowing us to showcase your children. We hope each student comes away from the performance more polished, confident and ready to take on the world from this extraordinary educational opportunity.

If you haven’t been to a Kaleidoscope in the past, please plan to attend the 23rd Kaleidoscope on March 21, 2015. You will be amazed!

Renae Clark, president

Education Foundation Board of Directors

Lenoir