Thursday, March 20, 2008


Just incase you missed this in the Lehi Free Press...(I am so proud :)

Dear Editor:

I am writing upon return from an enjoyable and impressive morning spent viewing the puppet show put on by the Lehi High Special Education class. The show exceeded the expectations of both myself and my children in many ways.

The set and the puppets were very high quality and visually engaging. Although we entered a moment late, my girls were immediately drawn to sit down and join in the fun! The music and other material were age appropriate and very familiar to the target audience of toddlers. Many of them were singing along to the “Mickey Mouse Club” theme song, the “Wheels on the Bus,” and others.

The show was very well rehearsed by the students and flowed easily from one song to the next with clever scripting in-between. The cast was happy to be on stage and interacted well with the children, encouraging them to “get up on their feet” and dance during the Dragon Tales segment.

Easy to see signs which read “B,I,N,G,O,” and “Yes We Can,” were a wonderful incorporation of literary elements such as letter recognition and decoding of shorter words. The helpful and informative posters made by Lehi High students to advertise the show were also a brilliant real world literacy application for them.

I commend the teachers at Lehi High for their efforts in creating such a fun avenue by which their students are developing organizational, social, literacy, and public presentation skills. I also commend the Lehi Library Staff for providing a venue and making arrangements necessary for this production to be seen by the story time crowd. Lastly, I congratulate the students who worked hard to add brightness and excitement to the lives of fellow citizens of Lehi through this puppet production.

Julia Lloyd Whitehead


Nicholas K. and Sarah Maye said...

cool! that was in the news paper. Way to publish something positive. Sometimes I don't like to look at the paper because it is always so negative, but this will brighten many peoples day!

Rod and Kandace said...

Whew Julia! I just read your entire blog from the beginning til now. (I didn't realize you had one til I looked at all the blogs Cara has listed.) Anyway, what a talented writer you are. Your poems about being a mom and the poems to your kids made me choke up. It is how I feel, but unable to express. I may have to print some of these off to refer to. You are a talented gal. Glad to know you. Thanks for sharing. (I feel bad I missed the puppet show. I showed up that day at 9:30, but it didn't start til 10:30 and I was meeting up with my mom that morning so we had to miss it! BUMMER!

Ashly said...

Congrats! That is so neat to be published. And I liked reading you comment. It was well thought out, intelligent, and well written. You don't get that too often these days. It sounded like a lot of fun.

Debbie said...

After I read this post I ran to check the paper and sure enough. There it was in print! Congratulations! I feel like I know someone famous now!

Jensen Blog said...

Good for you! I have always wanted to d something like that. I am proud of you for showing me your example.. I love the pics of the girls too.

Heather said...

Way to go Julia! I'm proud of you!