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Singer enlisted to motivate students

September 15, 2010
By BRIAN FERRY bferry@timesobserver.com
A motivational singer had students at Youngsville Elementary Middle School and Sugar Grove Elementary School “raising their voices for healthy choices” on Tuesday. Glenn Colton spoke and sang with students at each school for about an hour. His musical message focused on healthy choices — from reading, to eating vegetables, and listening to teachers. For the Twelve Days of Wellness, Colton had students hold up posters of the line for each of the days. Starting with 12, the days were: eat all your veggies; do an act of kindness; take music lessons; listen to your teacher; exercise your body; treat your neighbor with respect; always tell the truth; reduce, reuse, recycle; be all you can be; save the manatees; read a good book; and always do your best. The students at Youngsville were enthusiastic, singing and waving their arms as directed by Colton. “It was cool,” fifth-grader Ethan Masiker said. “I liked it. The songs were creative.” When Colton spelled out READ, he started a key sentence with each letter: Reading is cool; Educational, too; Adds to your knowledge; Do it. “The songs were cool and got me in the mood to learn and read,” fifth-grader Aaron Morris said. “It was awesome,” third-grader Shelby Proctor said. Asked what she learned, Proctor said, “reading makes you a winner.” “It was a fun time,” fifth-grader Noah Myers said. “The songs were great.” “It was entertaining for both adults and kids,” substitute teacher Heather Steffy said. “I enjoyed it.” Colton was aiming for fun. “How do we create a splash?” he said. “They’re going back to class.” The singing and dancing, and pulling apart his electric guitar while it continued to play, was the splash. “He brought a lot of energy,” Assistant Principal Shannon Yeager said. “It’s a good message — the importance of reading in education.” Colton said he performs eight or nine original songs during his presentations, which last about 50 minutes.

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Motivating students
Glenn Colton, a motivational singer, performs for students at Youngsville Elementary/Middle School on Tuesday. Colton also entertained and boosted the spirits of students from Sugar Grove Elementary.

 
 

 

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