Music kids experience art and fun times in The Big Apple

By James Grob,

Destination: The Big Apple.

As the song goes, kids from Charles City got a chance to “be a part of it” in New York — at least for a little while.

Students in the high school music department in Charles City School District experienced a trip they’re not likely to forget over spring break earlier this month when they loaded up the buses and took a trip to the city. The trip is part of an every-other-year excursion that the Charles City High School music program takes part in. The performing arts trips alternate between Chicago and New York.

“One of the big things about taking this trip is exposing students to a culture that is very different than what they experience in Charles City,” said high school vocal music director Derek Sturtevant. “From the Metropolitan Museum of Art  to street performers, it is great for the students to experience all the different avenues that people use to make the arts a part of their life.”

The trip consisted of 72 students and 26 adults. Highlights included a visit to the 9-11 Memorial, viewings of the Broadway shows “Wicked” and “Stomp,” singing in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and singing along with a street performer in Central Park.

The students held two fund-raisers to raise money for the trip, as they sold frozen foods and cutlery.