Students raising their voices in song
More than 1,000 elementary and junior high school students from Modesto City Schools will perform in concerts today and Wednesday at the Modesto High School Auditorium,
18 H St. The theme of this year's area choral program is Broadway musicals. School choruses will perform songs from "The Sound of Music," "Mary Poppins," "The King and I," "Oliver," "Fiddler on the Roof," "The Lion King" and "High School Musical." The program climaxes with the two group numbers sung by the combined choirs and directed by the guest directors from each of the middle or junior high schools at the end of each concert. The concerts are performed by the feeder elementary schools and junior high school of each area: Schools in the La Loma area will perform today, and Mark Twain and Hanshaw area schools will perform Wednesday. Schools in the Roosevelt area performed Monday. The public is welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concerts begin at 7 each evening. Admission is free.
'Prize troopers' reward attendance
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"Prize troopers" will visit schools throughout Stanislaus County on Thursday and Friday to award prizes to students with excellent attendance. The awards are the culmination of the "Every Day Counts" campaign, which kicked off two years ago to raise awareness of the importance of school attendance. At 7 p.m. Thursday at Roberts Auto Sales, 4813 McHenry Ave., a drawing will be held to award a 2007 Pontiac G6 to a high school student who had excellent attendance.
Kids' Day facts
Kids' Day is May 20, with proceeds from the sale of special editions of The Bee going to help The Salvation Army's youth programs in Modesto and Turlock. More than 6,000 lunches were served at the Red Shield Center in 2007. For more information, call The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
75 YEARS AGO: A carload of about 1,400 crates of strawberries was shipped from Modesto by the Ceres Berry Growers Association Inc., destined for Seattle and Portland markets. According to R.C. Moon, manager of the association, the shipment was the first from Stanislaus County in a carload lot.
50 YEARS AGO: Visitors crowded the Stanislaus County Center No. 3 auditorium to see the first Stanislaus County Elementary Schools Science Fair. The fair featured about 100 projects and exhibits, in most cases completed by a class or several students rather than by individuals.
-- Karen Aiello