Barkell hosting 4th annual Showcase of Excellence

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Barkell Elementary School is holding its annual Showcase of Excellence next week, which includes both art and science projects and other displays from all school subject areas.

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School will conduct its annual Showcase of Excellence beginning Wednesday at the school.

The expo was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed because of the building’s partial roof collapse on March 7.

With the building having been pronounced safe and initial repairs to the main section of the roof, Principal Dan Vaara said the expo will proceed.

Now in its fourth year, the showcase includes a fifth-grade Science Fair as well as special projects created by grades K-5.

“It’s actually a science fair and an art fair,” Vaara said. “In the school there’s a ton of stuff, and the kids do all kinds of art projects.”

There will be some March Reading Month projects on display, said Varra, and work from all subjects, but predominantly the focus will be on art and science.

“It’s really just a celebration of everything,” he said, “and it changes from year to year, based on what teachers have going on their classrooms.”

The point of the event is to encourage parents to come to the school and see for themselves projects, achievements and accomplishments the students have completed.

“I know, and the teachers know, but I don’t think the parents really understand all the great and wonderful things that go on here,” Vaara said, “so it gives them a chance to see what goes on outside the world of their children’s classrooms.”

As with the other years, parents and children will be treated to pizza and refreshments, compliments of the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), which Vaara said is different than during the first year.

Pizza is no longer served during just one hour, he said, because it created long lines for food, and forced everyone into the same place at the same time.

Experience has demonstrated that if the food is available throughout the event, some people will eat before looking at the displays, while others prefer seeing the displays first, which relieves congestion in the halls and at the tables.

The event is free, and members of the public are encouraged to attend to see for themselves the great things going on at the school, said Vaara.