FLINT TWP. — From the exuberance of Three Dog Night’s 1970s hit “Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a Bullfrog)” to Pharrell Williams’ current hit “Happy”, background music from many eras kept kids dancing on stage and everywhere else at “Dancing through the Decades,” the YouthQuest End of Year Festival last Thursday,
Students from Carman-Ainsworth Middle School and Dye and Rankin elementaries were among hundreds of area students who joined in the festivities held on the grounds of New Creation Church of God on Lennon Road.
YouthQuest is a free, after-school program that reaches more than 1,500 K-8 students at 12 school-based sites in Genesee County; and is managed by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce.
Festival participants collected make-andtake souvenirs by visiting “decades tents’ dating back to the 1920s that were decorated by the 12 YouthQuest schools.
Dye students presented a 1940s theme that included a drawing of Rosie the Riveter and appearance by a paratrooper carrying a flag shield. CAMS students drew the 1950s theme where décor included photos of the IBM electric typewriters. Rankin drew 2000- 10 and decorated with baby photos of kids in the program, all born after 1999, and highlights including the election of President Barack Obama.
In other entertainment, Cirque Amongus, an educational circus troupe from Livonia, brought in hands-on programs designed to build self-esteem, develop motor skills, and promote teamwork. Activities included walking a tight wire, balancing on balls, a tumbling mat and more. Old-fashioned sack races and hula hooping mixed in with basketball, soccer and gymnastics stations.