Parents, students and community members gathered at Annapolis High School Saturday morning for an opportunity to interact with area educators and learn more about the various programs offered at schools around Annapolis.
The event, called "One Annapolis," was a community-wide showcase designed to highlight various arts, academic and after-school programs available in the 14 Annapolis cluster schools.
Hosted by Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), each school had a table set up and principals, teachers and staff were on hand to talk to children and parents. AACPS Regional Assistant Superintendent Chris Truffer was also at the event.
Students also shared their talents with an array of performances.
Fourth and fifth graders from the "Bailatinas,” a dance group at Mills-Parole Elementary school wowed the audience with their colorful costumes and their performance of the Jarabe Tapatío, a Mexican dance.
Led by Daniel Puckett, music department chair and Performing and Visual Arts band teacher, the jazz ensemble from Wiley H. Bates Middle School also captivated the crowd. Later, several Bates students also gave solo performances.
Those visiting got to learn more about various community groups including Food Link and the Girl Scouts of America. Kids who stopped by the Junior League of Annapolis table learned how to make nutritional treats like “ants on a log” and sailboats made with apples and cheese. Dabney Lipscomb, a junior league member,” said they were showcasing “healthy snacks that kids can make themselves after school.”