The students at Head Start in Lincolnton ushered in spring with a fashion show at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Thursday.
â€œShe liked pink, and I like pink, and pink is a spring color, so we decided to go with pink,â€ said Michelle Pulley of her 3-year-old daughterâ€™s outfit.
All 112 students at Head Start dressed to the nines and participated in the performance.
â€œEvery year, we have a parent-teacher event, and this year we decided to have a fashion show,â€ said Bernetta Ingram, a teacher assistant at the school. â€œThis way all the parents get to know everybody.â€
The mood backstage before the show was â€œchaotic,â€ but all the 3- to 5-year-olds looked adorable. Patent leather shoes, Easter hats, ties and vests were all in abundance.
â€œAll the kids are so beautiful,â€ Ingram said. â€œIâ€™m just overjoyed.â€
The show opened up with students singing the ABCs and numbers in Spanish. Following their shaking and air-guitar strumming, parents and their children walked the â€œrunway.â€
â€œI was nervous,â€ said Sharon Rinck after taking her turn on the stage.
How did her 4-year-old daughter Victoria feel?
â€œPretty,â€ she said.
Fathers, mothers and grandmothers all walked the stage with the students while an appreciative audience clapped.
â€œHeâ€™s excited because he gets to do it with his daddy,â€ said Elizabeth Wail of her son.
Like the children, many of the guardians wore their best â€“ including three-piece suits. Some children twirled and curtsied on stage. Others nervously eyed the crowd.
Organizers deemed the event a success.
â€œThis is our first year, and hopefully this is something we can do year after year,â€ said Candy Walker, bus driver and substitute teacher for Head Start.
The goal of the event wasnâ€™t just to show off polka-dot dresses. It was a chance for parents to spend time with teachers, other parents and their children.
â€œI love it,â€ said Mandy Thornburg, mother of 5-year-old Brooke, of the school. â€œThey work with the parents to accomplish their learning.â€
Catherine Maynor, who has two children in the school, echoed that sentiment.
â€œIt helps them learn a lot better before regular school, and the teachers are real good teachers,â€ she said.
Sometimes the learning goes a little too far, however.
â€œSheâ€™s speaking English and Spanish. It was difficult for her, but now sheâ€™s speaking too much English,â€ joked Daniela Moron, mother of 4-year-old Katalina.
by Sarah Grano