Davis stu­dents dance through the decades

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE - By Brian Zahn brian.zahn@hearst­medi­act.com

NEW HAVEN — Stu­dents at Davis Academy for Arts and De­sign In­no­va­tion earned 10s across the board as they danced and sang their way through all 10 decades of the school’s 100-year his­tory Fri­day.

The show­case of stu­dent tal­ent was the sec­ond of two events the school did to cel­e­brate its cen­ten­nial this year af­ter an alumni din­ner last week­end with the three most re­cent prin­ci­pals in at­ten­dance.

“To­day it’s the stu­dents’ turn,” said Prin­ci­pal Se­quella Cole­man.

Cole­man said the school has a type­writer, which is some­thing the stu­dents can only barely com­pre­hend, as they’ve only known com­put­ers.

“I don’t know if 8- to 10-year-olds can look that far back,” said Meryl Alpert, a mem­ber of the cen­ten­nial or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and an alumna from 1960. “Ev­ery­body can only look back from where you are, and this is where they are now.”

Alpert, who left the city 37 years ago and re­turned two years ago, is now a vol­un­teer read­ing coach at the school.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent build­ing, but it feels like home,” she said.

A group of third-graders wear­ing pur­ple for an ’80s themed homage to Prince shared what they knew about the world 100 years ago.

“Black peo­ple couldn’t sit in the front of the bus with white peo­ple 100 years ago,” said Natalen Hardy.

“I think there was bomb­ing ev­ery­where,” said An­thony Turner.

Ca­reer High School fresh­men stu­dents Areile Jow­ers and Sha­nia Jack­son said re­turn­ing to their old school for the day only one year later felt nos­tal­gic.

“When I was walk­ing the halls, the schools seemed smaller to me. There’s less stairs than I re­mem­ber be­cause in high school you’re al­ways walk­ing up and down stairs,” said Areile.

Sha­nia said see­ing young chil­dren in the hall­ways made her re­mem­ber her own ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up in the school.

For nearly two hours, stu­dents cel­e­brated the cen­ten­nial by per­form­ing songs and dances from each decade; eighth-grade stu­dents re­cited po­etry from the Har­lem Re­nais­sance in honor of the

1930s, fourth-grade stu­dents did the hus­tle for the 1970s and first-grade stu­dents sang along to “All Star” by Smash Mouth for the turn of the mil­len­nium.

“One hun­dred years is such a long time ago,” said third-grader Sarthak Shah.

Brian Zahn / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Fourth-grade stu­dents at Davis Academy for Arts and De­sign In­no­va­tion School do the hus­tle dur­ing a school­wide as­sem­bly cel­e­brat­ing the school’s cen­ten­nial.

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