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Thursday, August 22, 2013

District 205 Foundation is Bringing the Circus Back to Elmhurst Next Month


The circus is a big fund-raiser for the foundation, with proceeds going toward advancing student skills in science, technology, engineering, math and more.

Posted by Picasafrom: elmhurst.patch.com


by Karen Chadra (Editor)

August 21, 2013

The Kelly Miller Circus has been coming to Elmhurst for years, and many local residents have made it an annual family event. Pat Hatz, a longtime Elmhurst resident who is now a great-grandmother, recalled bringing her grandchildren to the circus, and this year, she's bringing her 2-year-old great-grandson to this year’s circus.



“You see everything you’d see at a big circus in a much more intimate setting—every seat in the tent is good,” she said.



Last year, the circus played a role for some Sandburg Middle School students. Sandburg teacher Corey Zock made arrangements with the proprietors of the circus to take his classes out to the big top to share the story, “Fallen Angel,” by Evan Hunter. This classic short story has as its setting a small traveling circus. Having an actual circus backdrop during the reading of this story provided an added dimension to instruction and resulted in a lively discussion.



This year represents the fourth year that the Foundation, the Kelly Miller Circus, and the Special Kids Day Organization have worked together to present a unique performance at no cost for children with special needs and their families.



“Many of these children are not able to comfortably attend or enjoy a live performance,” Foundation Board member Martin Franchi said. “So this brings elements of the show to them in a way that is not intimidating or overwhelming. We are excited to provide this opportunity for these children.”

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http://elmhurst.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/district-205-foundation-is-bringing-the-circus-back-to-elmhurst-next-month

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