St. James' Episcopal Church was alive with the joyful sounds of music and children's laughter Tuesday May 5.
It was the evening the 4-year-old class from Skaneateles Nursery School put on their spring concert. Art and music teacher Joy LoPiccolo said the experience of working with the kids has been amazing.
Though her first year working at the nursery school, LoPiccolo has previously been on the board of directors and both of her children had attended the school.
"I come from an art background and highly believe in art in the classroom," she said. "It's really because of Big Trucks [the school's fall fundraiser] that we can have an art and music program. Art and music is not anything we should be cutting from any budget."
The large room on the second floor of the church quickly filled with eager parents, grandparents and siblings while they waited for the large group of 4-year-old's to take their places. Once the music started, any sign of nervousness on the children's faces disappeared and they got into the groove.
Alex Goethe, 6 and a half, attended the event to watch his little brother in action. The big brother showed his pride and stood on a windowsill in the back of the room to soak up the entertainment.
The students' classroom teacher Janet DeFalco was also very proud of the class.
"It's really wonderful to see how far they've come," she said of the difference between when the students began rehearsing at the beginning of the year and the night of their big performance.
According to DeFalco, the students often return to class from art and music and continue working away in the classroom, singing the songs they've learned as they work.
"They were practicing all the time," she said. "They love to ding. I'm just incredibly proud of them."
Songs the group sang included "This Little Light of Mine," "Can You Sound Just Like Me" and "Monkey Dance." Programs were available for the many people who attended and was adorned by the artwork of one of the 3-year-old students.