The idea for the talent show grew from a class reading assignment about students putting on a talent show. The Walnut Bend fifth and sixth grade students asked their teacher if they could have a talent show. The first annual talent show held last year was a great success including both student and adult performers. This year’s show is no exception with the inclusion of talent by pre-kindergarten through grade seven students as well as Maw Maw and Paw Paw Westfall.

Walnut Bend School has over 100 years of history in Walnut Bend. There have been numerous examples of success about which to be proud. The most recent is what happened at the second annual talent show dress rehearsal.

The students invited Maw Maw and Paw Paw Westfall who work in the cafeteria to be part of a skit. Two of their grandchildren attend Walnut Bend School, and they have become Maw Maw and Paw Paw to the other children. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Westfall have been preparing and serving delicious food at Walnut Bend School for two years. She is a former cook at Woodbine Elementary and he is a former cowboy. They played the parts of the king and queen in a medieval production that included a damsel in distress and choreographed swordplay. This skit was produced by the third and fourth grade class. “The respect for adult staff members demonstrated by these students speaks volumes,” said Barbara Smith, school librarian aide.

The moment that stands out most vividly in Tucker’s mind came when a four year old pre-kindergarten student came onto the stage by herself to sing during the dress rehearsal. At first nothing happened. She just stood there. Then the most amazing thing happened. Every person, even the smallest child who had become restless, became silent. There was not a sound. It was as if everyone was holding their breath in support of this little child, willing her to be successful. Her mother came from the back of the auditorium to near the stage to provide encouragement by her presence. Then the child began to sing a beautiful rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” At the conclusion, everyone clapped loudly. Tucker said, “This respectful support by the students caused a lump in my throat, I am so proud.”

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