Second Baptist School pre-kindergarten 4 and Bridge students present “Hoedown” to SBS families and grandparents.
God bless Texas! Our youngest SBS students made the E Gym floor their stage for the annual Hoedown program! Riding in on stick horses, the energy of the excited cowboys and cowgirls reverberated throughout the gym with choruses of “yeehaws” and “howdys” - from both students and the crowd of proud parents.
Preparing for weeks, the show was a collaboration of many departments; students practiced their various roles in music, Bible, Motor Skills and their homeroom classes to bring together a show that not only celebrated our Texas roots but also focused on the love of Christ.
Bible teacher Ashley Corbin said, “Hoedown is a beautiful picture of how we should all worship God. The songs praise Him for our beautiful state and country.” Through the songs, students also learned to spread the message of God's love to others, so they too can know and feel the love of our great God. Even cowboys have to trust God for provision, and this is what students came away with, from the songs to the “Cowboy Prayer,” which Mrs. Corbin described as “a prayer bursting with gratitude, thanking God for providing all the things we need in our daily lives - food, jobs, clothing and His presence.”
Another song said, “God is good all the time!” Music teacher Maryanne Elders elaborates, “My prayer is that these songs will be anchored in their hearts for them to draw on as they grow up and strive to live biblically in this ever-changing world.” She encouraged her students to have the same steadfast trust in God as the cowboys and cowgirls did.
Second Baptist School students learn many scripture verses; for Hoedown, the students memorized and recited John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” James, a PK4 student said, “We learned the most important verse in the Bible!”
Dr. Don Davis shared his pride both as head of school and as a father of a PK4 student, Natalie. “The Hoedown was a huge success and our PK4 and Bridge students shined bright like the Texas star! Thank you to Maryanne Elders, Ashley Corbin, PK4 and Bridge teachers: Sami Killion, Torrey Townsend, Bryce Magnus, Janell Kates and Madeline Jobe and the SBS coaches who poured into our students to make this program happen!” He adds, “As Natalie loaded into the car Thursday morning, she turned to me and said, ‘Dad, this is going to be the best day ever! I am so excited for my Hoedown.’”
Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without square dancing. The whole audience enjoyed the precious dancing and joy evident in our young square dancers. Every student and teacher worked hard to make each piece of this show shine. Bridge students shared Texas facts, PK4 students led pledges and, like Dr. Davis said, every child shined bright like the Texas star!