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Student Dance Video Sends a Message of Hope for the Future

IA/IL QUAD CITIES – Dance students with Sudlow Junior High School and the Creative Arts Academy (CAA) of the Quad Cities recently completed an inspiring video for the Time Capsule of Hope project. “Their dances in the video express their hopes for a better future for the Quad Cities,” said Kimberly Woods, MsEd, K-12 Talented and Gifted Facilitator, Sudlow Junior High School and the CAA. The Talented & Gifted Program serves students who demonstrate outstanding abilities and intellectual/creative potential.

The video will receive its world premiere at 3 p.m. Mon., January 11 on Paula Sands Live, KWQC. Kimberly Woods will be a guest on the show, along with Bridget Jessen, Dance Specialist at CAA, who edited the video.

After the video appears on Paula Sands Live, it can still be viewed on the website of the Davenport Community School District, http://www.davenportschools.org.

There are eight student dancers in the video, which is between three and four minutes long. Their dance is performed to the song “Together” by the duet group, For King & Country, with featured performers, Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly.

The students who danced in the video are, in order of appearance: Ashley Laake, Kayla Brenauer, Melina Reinhardt, Elena Yassin, Hailey Korver, Keith Wright, Benny Jacobsmeier, and Emma Gullickson. The students danced in different locations – some at home, some at Sudlow’s dance studio, and some outdoors.

The Time Capsule of Hope
The Time Capsule of Hope is a Quad-Cities event that was launched in October 2020 by the City of Davenport, in partnership with Davenport Community Schools. The Covid-19 pandemic made 2020 a challenging year but hope still remains in America’s communities. This event is meant to highlight the hopes that Quad-Citians have for the future.

As part of the project, the community was asked to submit their hopes in the variety of creative ways. Those hopes are being collected by the Davenport Public Library and placed within a Time Capsule which will be archived in spring. The time capsule will be opened in 2036 as part of a celebration of the city of Davenport’s 200th birthday.

About the Schools
Sudlow Junior High School is located at 1414 E. Locust Street Davenport, IA. The school instructs approximately 840 students. Opened in Fall 2014, the CAA is housed in community arts facilities throughout downtown Davenport. The academy instructs in five creative disciplines – communications and media arts, dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.

To learn more about the Davenport Community School District, please visit http://www.davenportschools.org/.