DeWitt Community Showcase highlights students, community

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The seventh annual event showcasing the students of DeWitt Public Schools was April 13 in the DeWitt High School gymnasium.

The showcase provided an opportunity for residents and families of DeWitt to gather in one place and learn more about what DeWitt Public Schools and the surrounding community have to offer.

Nicci Lenneman, a parent with three children in the district as well as an alumna of DeWitt Public Schools, planned to attend for the fifth time.

“This gets families familiar with the high school at an early age. Each school and grade has projects or live performances on display for everyone to enjoy,” said Lenneman. “My own children enjoy showing their art that is showcased or a paper or project they spent time preparing.”

Over 160 local businesses were in attendance, offering complimentary items, as well as displaying their products, services, and representing themselves in the community.

The showcase once again offered a Taste of DeWitt, with eight local restaurants serving complimentary bite-sized samples in the common area of the high school.

K-12 classrooms, school clubs, and local community groups will have tables set up for attendees to learn more about what their classrooms and organizations have to offer.

Greg Deaton, a parent in the district and member of Families for an Inclusive DeWitt, wanted to attend the showcase to represent his community organization.

The organization strives to unite and educate students, parents, educators and community members to help combat discrimination.

Deaton helped found Families for an Inclusive DeWitt in November, which now consists of about 30-40 parents, families, and community members.

“We called and got a booth and we’re going to be there and tell people what we’re all about,” said Deaton. “The showcase is an open event and we decided we wanted to get our word out.”