Students bring puppets to life

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Jenna Cail is making a puppet and her classmates dont know what it is, but they love it.

We think its Elmo, said Luke Gould, grinning.

All students in Northport Elementary Schools Grade 4/5 and Grade 5/6 classes participated in a puppet workshop this week, each creating their own puppet to eventually be used in a show at the school.

Students bring puppets to life

Jenna Cail is making a puppet and her classmates dont know what it is, but they love it.

We think its Elmo, said Luke Gould, grinning.

All students in Northport Elementary Schools Grade 4/5 and Grade 5/6 classes participated in a puppet workshop this week, each creating their own puppet to eventually be used in a show at the school.

One group of students was making animals out of their puppets, while another was creating cartoon characters from a popular video game.

I like how we can shape it and make it however we want it, and dont have to make it a specific thing, said Tyler Smith. If we dont make what we want and it looks like something else, we can just make that.

The idea came about when Northport teacher Barb Black participated in a puppet workshop on conference day, and decided it would be a good opportunity to offer her students.

Many of the children excel in handwork as opposed to academics, so it gives them a good chance to use their talents, she said.

Once finished, the puppets will become characters in plays presented by the students. Some will write their own scripts, while others will choose plays from a book.

Spread over Monday and Tuesday, the workshop was going very well, according to Black, who said the students were very keen and eager to make it work.

Everyones is different, and no one is trying to copy someone elses, she said. They have a little image in their head and theyre trying to create it.



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