Hundreds of residents from DeWitt and surrounding areas gathered at DeWitt High School for the second annual “Community Showcase” on Thursday, April 11.
The event showcased the works and talents of K-12 students of the DeWitt Public Schools. Local businesses and organizations also participated at the event to promote themselves.
Beth Webb (no relation), the event coordinator for the showcase said, “The showcase is meant to be an outreach between the school and the community.”
In addition to the DeWitt Public Schools, DeWitt Charter Township, the City of DeWitt and the DeWitt Area Chamber of Commerce joined in sponsoring the event.
At the event, attendees were able to enjoy student performances from the school’s glee club and jazz band given in the Commons area. Visitors to the event were also able to experience the ‘Taste of DeWitt’, in which they sampled free food from over 16 local vendors including CortCakes, Amy’s Catering, and Sweetie-licious Bakery Café.
In addition to free admission and parking, visitors were given free drawstring book bags and balloons.
Local DeWitt area businesses such as Vitek Family Dentistry, Studio 108, DeWitt Veterinary Hospital, and Holly Donaldson Photography set up booths where they featured some of their products.
Twiggies store owner Beth Herendeen, who participated in the showcase for the second time, said that she enjoys the event and that it is a good opportunity for local business owners.
“I like that you get to see your community members,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to meet new people and introduce your business.”
The kindergarten class gave a performance to friends and family members in the school’s media center, dancing and singing tunes like ‘She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain’.
A group of teachers formed a mock rock ‘n’ roll band called the ‘Page Turners’ , where they sang songs about reading in honor March Reading Month.
“We’re teachers by profession, not singers,” one of the teachers joked during the performance.
The showcase had a fantastic turnout despite the inclement weather.