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Sioux City preschool students show off their performing skills

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Singing, acting, and dancing may not come naturally to all, but practice makes perfect.

And, preschool students in Sioux City have spent the last few weeks refining their skills.

The preschool performers in Head Start's Westside A and B preschool classes took the classic tale of the three little pigs to a new level.

They started practicing for their final performance about a month ago. "It was fun watching how they progress throughout the weeks and knowing that they practiced on their own and with the things that they chose," Siouxland Community Theatre Executive Director Christine Wolf said.

All the young learners are in Head Start, which is a preschool program for low income families, run by the Community Action Agency of Siouxland.

Head Start received a $1,900 grant from Target, so they could experience more of the "arts" by teaming up with the Sioux City Community Theatre.

"When we give money to communities, it's generally toward educational purposes," Target Store Leader Justin Poots said. "It was a win-win situation for both of us. They were able to help out their kids in learning art and education and theater and we were also able to promote what we do at the theater also," Wolf said. "I was very excited. We do a lot of music and dancing with the kids anyways, so with the acting thrown in, I thought it was going to be a lot of fun for the kids," Head Start Teacher Pam Ricker said.

After four weeks, the kids learned singing, acting, and dancing. Some of the kids said their favorite part was singing to "Mr. Sun." "Yes, I had fun," Head Start Student Lauren Turner said. "You act like a "Mister Sun"and use instruments and stuff. They teach us a lot of stuff," Head Start Student Shyla Hernandez said.

Along with working out their vocal chords, shaking their stuff, and playing pretend, members of the theater hope they learn even more from the experience. "It's always rewarding when you work with children, but what we hope they take away from this, is that they have a better sense of themselves, and being self-confident," Wolf said

Although that was their final performance, Pricker said she will continue to incorporate the "arts" in her lessons.

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