Westside schools:
Bristol Elementary Art Night Feb. 9

       Bristol Elementary will host its annual Art Night Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
       Featured will be student dance and music and their art hung in the hallways. Also, classrooms will offer varying types of “art integration” with writing prompts in classrooms, according to Emily Sorensen, Bristol music teacher.
       The public is welcome. The school is at 890 N. Walnut St. The school's PTA will be offering snacks.
       A new twist will be the use of the gym. On such nights in past years, musical performances would be given there. This year, for most of the evening, the gym will be set up for “Dance Dance Revolution,” an interactive video game that helps students “work on coordination and moving to the beat,” Sorensen said.
       Musical performances will still be offered. Sorensen has a small stage in her classroom that will allow kindergarten and fifth-graders to give “small demonstrations of performance skills they're learning in class,” she said. Also, in one of the hallways, small groups of Suzuki violinists will be playing. Between about 7:45 and 8 p.m., the school's drums will be brought into the gym for an “open drumming” time, Sorensen said.
       Rachel's Challenge at CHS
       For the second straight year, Coronado High School will sponsor a Rachel's Challenge community event. Free and open to the public, it will be in the school auditorium, 1590 W. Fillmore St., Thursday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
       The challenge was originated by Darrell Scott, whose daughter Rachel was the first person killed in the Columbine High School mass murder April 20, 1999. Before that, in her diaries and a school essay, she had written about compassion and not being too quick to judge other people.
       Drew MacMillan, the Coronado student body president, said a representative of the Challenge will speak. The goal is to “create a chain reaction, and see what we can do as a community to build together and eliminate hate,” he said.

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