School Programs

Each year since 2013, and sometimes more than once a year, Inspiration Alcona has brought educational presentations to Alcona Community Schools, most often for the elementary grades.

Most, but not all, of these programs use performers from the Michigan Humanities Council's Touring Directory of officially sanctioned presentations. When we have used another group, we ensure that the educational component of the program is the most emphasized aspect.

As seen in the photos on this page, the students have seen a variety of content they would otherwise have little or no access to in this remote, rural part of northeast Michigan.

Because of school safety rules, these programs are not open to the public.

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For Inspiration Alcona's first school program, in 2013, country dance leader Glen Morningstar taught third- and fourth-grade students American dances and the social settings they were set in.
In 2014, author Johnathan Rand, creator of the "Michigan Chillers" and "American Chillers" series for young readers, spoke to Alcona elementary and middle school students.
The next presentation was by Magical Rain, which was devoted to Latino culture and traditions.
In 2016, Historic Mackinac brought presenters to Alcona Elementary to talk about and demonstrate the early history of Michigan. Here the students try to row in unison, like early graders in canoes.
Thunder Bay Theatre, a professional group based in Alpena, brought a wacky, modernized version of "3 Billy Goats Gruff" to the elementary school in 2017. The bridge dispute was settled with pizza.
Magician Baffling Bill entertained the entire elementary school and showed them the importance of reading in a 2018 show.
Musician Guy Louis did both a family show one evening in 2019 and a school show the next day. While the family show was just for fun, the school show emphasized good citizenship.
Before a 2019 public performance sponsored by Inspiration Alcona, dancers from the Northeast Academy of Dance in Oscoda gave demonstrations of ballet and modern dance to all Alcona students. Here young ballerinas show off some of their costumes.
In 2019, Holocaust survivor Irene Miller spoke to high school and middle school students about her experiences in Europe as a young girl just before and during World War II.
Doug Scheer brought his Diversity Circus show to Alcona Elementary in 2020 for two performances, one for younger and one for older students.