- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)12
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
Children want many things, especially at this time of year. What they want most from adults doesn't cost a penny. That is encouragement.
The Children's Arts Festival encourages Southeast Missouri students to create art while listening to music, an idea fostered by the festival's founder, Dr. Robert Gifford. This year "Turkey in the Straw," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Sleigh Ride" provided the inspiration. Nearly 250 drawings and paintings were chosen for display at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. The young artists were feted at a reception attended by admiring adults.
Twenty-seven schools in four counties were invited to participate. Twelve schools did so, and 1,900 students created art for the festival.
The festival also presented performances by the Academy of Dance Arts, the Shere Khan musical ensemble from Central Middle School and choirs from Central High School and Kelly High School. This was a change from past years when university professors were primarily responsible for the performances.
Encouraging children to create couldn't be more important. Encouragement is nourishment that assures they will thrive.