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Kids create art festival

Posted: June 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 19, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Karlie Goeckeritz sells accessories at the Kids Creating Art Festival at SCV International Charter School.


More than 3,500 people attended Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School’s second annual Kids Creating Art Festival, which featured a variety of activities for families and kids as well as an opportunity to view SCVi learners’ work from the school year.

Young musicians performed original rock and cover music.

Drama groups presented “Hopeless Hamlet,” their take on a Shakespearian classic, the SCVi Glee Club performed Colbie Caillat’s “Brighter than the Sun,” and SCVi’s ninth- and 10th-graders organized a film festival.

Local martial arts groups Bright STAR Martial Arts and Shin’s Extreme Martial Arts demonstrated their skills and allowed attendees to break boards.

The SCVi Dance Team and STAR Dance Studio donned the performance stage.

Six food trucks representing a variety of international cuisines were a welcome addition to this year’s festival.

Attendees created handprint art, Korean art, paper-bag hats inspired by the Mad Hatter and faux stained glass.

SCVing Back, SCVi’s learner-led philanthropic group, created an obstacle course to benefit Nickels for Nails, an organization that provides housing to local disabled veterans.

More than 30 learners sold various handcrafted items at the young entrepreneurs’ fair.

Products ranged from marshmallow shooters to “dream jars” and custom-made music to teddy bears.

Fifth-grader Karlie Goeckeritz participated for the second year, selling fabric headbands and bracelets.

Another entrepreneur, Cora Sweeney, used the fair as way to increase awareness of her charitable endeavor, Roots and Shoots.

She sold homemade doggie treats and handmade fridge magnet clips crafted from recycled objects and encouraged buyers to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“Roots and Shoots is doing something good for the Earth; and when you’re doing something good for the Earth, you’re doing something good for yourself, too,” she said.

Through sales at the entrepreneurs’ fair, Sweeney raised $60 for the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization that she learned about through a school project earlier in the year.

Parents and community members were able to see what the students had done as they went one classroom to the next, from kindergarten through 10th grade.

 “Holding an open house at the end of the academic year is a longtime tradition for schools, but we wanted to take it a step further and allow the entire community to experience SCVi and take a look at what our learners have accomplished,” said Amber Raskin, SCVi cofounder and executive director of business development.

From the festival logo to each performance and activity, SCVi’s learners worked individually and collaboratively to plan and organize the Kids Creating Art Festival.

Their involvement provided opportunities to further develop leadership and planning skills.

“By allowing learners to take an active role in executing the festival, they gain invaluable experience in managing projects and working with others,” said Dawn Evenson, SCVi cofounder and executive director of education. “This is an integral part of our philosophy to develop 21st century leaders.”

Carol Stevenson is a parent-volunteer for the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School.


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