ELIZABETH – The talents of Elizabeth Public Schools’ students and teachers were on display in ONEFEST ’13. The richly decorated, inspired exhibits of storynation, this year’s theme, showcased literature spanning all ages. Each exhibit, from Rainbow Fish, to The Lion King to The Lord of the Rings, created a life size storybook experience.
The festival, which began on Friday, Nov. 1 and continued through Nov. 2, showcased Elizabeth Public Schools’ excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. Hundreds of students, parents and community members attended the two day event to view exhibits, performances, and sporting events, as well as to participate in many family activities.
Board President Tony Monteiro, along with Vice President Elcy Castillo-Ospina, officially opened ONEFEST ‘13 on Friday evening. Among those who attended was special guest Jim Duffy, president of the Elizabeth Rotary Club who received an award from the Elizabeth Public Schools for his contributions to promoting literacy in the community.
On Friday, exhibits from every school capturing storynation’s literature theme were on display in the Thomas Edison Career & Technical Academy. Highlights included a larger than life book which projected a movie in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore; a large mosaic of Frankenstein’s monster created by students; a puppet show of Charlotte’s Web; and a larger than life Three Little Pigs story. In addition, over 150 gently used books were collected to distribute to children in the Elizabeth Community.
Student performers impressed the crowds on Friday and Saturday with vocal, dance, instrumental, and theatrical performances inspired by children’s stories and novels.
Talented culinary arts students, under the supervision of culinary arts teacher Chef Paul Conti, prepared tantalizing cuisine. Tasty treats were able to be sampled in the Edison Cafeteria, temporarily renamed The Cook Book.
Athletics was also well represented with the Elizabeth freshman football team playing Phillipsburg in the morning, featuring a half time show by the championship marching band. Soccer was next to take the field with an Administrators and EEA soccer contest, followed by All Star Middle School soccer games. Elizabeth’s team members also participated in a slow-pitch softball tournament.
Saturday afternoon, the storynation showcase and performances continued amid indoor and outdoor activities for children and adults. A petting zoo, pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, the NJ Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, the Game Truck, and a mascot race kept people entertained throughout the day. The festivities concluded on Saturday evening with a large crowd applauding contestants in the “Elizabeth’s Got Talent” show. Eighth grader Jacqueline Crespo of Elmora School No. 12 won the talent show with an amazing performance of Set Fire to the Rain.
Elizabeth Board of Education President Tony Monteiro said, “I am very proud of the many talented students and teachers that work together every day to make Elizabeth Public Schools excel. ONEFEST ‘13 was a wonderful way to involve the entire community in a celebration of the excellent achievements in academics, athletics, and the arts taking place in our schools.”
Board member Carlos Trujillo added, “The pride these students and team members take in their work and in their schools is clearly visible in every elaborate display and in every performance.”
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