JBT kids mix local history of Fort Smith with classics at annual Christmas concert

Click on the slideshow above to view captions.Photos by Paul Bannister.

A year of Fort Smith’s 45th birthday celebrations culminated in a delightful history lesson at last Thursday’s annual JBT school Christmas concert.

In between performances by different classes, select kids acted out the lineage of Fort Smith mayors, listing their biggest accomplishments and developments that took place since the town’s inception in 1967.

This year’s concert had some modern twists on classic carols, with a special song about Wood Buffalo Frolics acted out and sung to the tune of Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer, a hockey-themed version of The Christmas Song and a version of The 12 Days of Christmas focusing on modern toys, like a “Furby in a fir tree.”

One class was joined by new Salt River First Nation Chief Dave Poitras, who helped drum along to The Little Drummer Boy and Joy to the World. Another class screened a short documentary they made of interviews with local elders on their Christmas memories. And the French immersion classes sang Vive le Vent d’Hiver, a French version of Jingle Bells.

The entire event incorporated singing and dancing, plays and even photographic slide-shows to make the evening a big hit among the overflowing audience of proud family members.

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