April 06, 2013 10:39 AM

It’s one way to liven up a school board meeting.

A sixth-grade music class at Dayton Elementary School performed a song-and-beat drum circle routine at the Armstrong School District’s school board meeting Thursday, which was held at the elementary school.

“The kids did very, very well,” said JoEllen Stockdale, who has taught music at Dayton for 33 years.

Stockdale purchased a World Drumming Music Kit with a $2,000 grant from the ASD Foundation and $600 from the Dayton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, and taught a nine-week unit starting in November for her fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.

All the students in her classes participated, learning about the African culture behind drum circles as well as cooperation, listening and, of course, music.

On Thursday, she asked one of her sixth-grade classes to perform. In all, 19 students both played their drums and sang for the school board, administration and those people attending the meeting.

And they had fun, she said.

“Dayton Elementary is alive and going well with music education,” she said.

— Heather Roth

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