“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
— II Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)
That verse of scripture could be interpreted several different ways.
It could mean being able to give with a cheerful heart.
In the case of the students at Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, it meant giving cheer to other hearts Friday night as the students sang, danced and drew the smiles of all those attending the school’s Fine Arts Festival and Spring Concert.
The courtyard was filled with the artwork of students, much of it centered on the theme of the wondrous creations of God.
But, it didn’t start or stop with the sedentary pictures that lined the yard.
“This is a true family event,” said Dr. Bill Balzano, TCPS president. “This evening is all about your children and their experience at our school.”
Balzano told the audience during the concert portion of the evening the school “believes in a strong academic program that is fully integrated in the faith of the lordship of Jesus Christ.”
“We not only value family traditions. We not only value our country. But, boy, do we value our little people who grow into big people,” Balzano said.
He said the evening was designed to give “just a taste” of the school’s fine arts program.
“It is a program we are building and hoping to continually build,” Balzano said.
Just as the outdoors were colored with the art of drawing, inside the school’s chapel were examples of colorful music and dance.
The TCPS Kinder Dance and Ballet students performed two numbers to the delight of the audience.
The school’s three choirs — upper school, lower school and preschool — all sang numbers that recognized God’s hand in creating the world around us.
Several of the students were seen to be dressed in Shakespearean attire as a way to promote the school’s theatrical presentation scheduled for May 9.
There were also poetry reading and more music from the young ones outside as families were treated to a barbecue picnic.
“We put the two events together to make it one big event,” said festival director Wendy Benton.
“This is the one event we do to bring all of our TCPS families together. All of the work is done by the kids,” she said.
Benton gave special thanks to Allied Arts of the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce for grants the school has received from the organization to help with the arts programs.
She also thanked J. Bradley Catering and Volunteer Electric for their assistance with the event.
“We all get to come out and enjoy the evening,” Benton said.