The works of the Hesperia Unified School District's most creative students ignited the Ranchero Middle School multi-purpose room with vivid color, form and prose last Saturday.


"It's the district's way of celebrating art," said Briana Collins, an organizer the annual "Festival of the Arts - Young Authors" event. "We have the visual arts, performing arts, literature and student-made videos here."


In fact, all grades from each HUSD school participated.


"This is the best from each school," said Valerie Turpen, a coordinator II with the school district's curriculum division.


Besides a wide array of art and literature displays, attendees were treated to several performances. They included instrumental and vocal music by Ms. Ingram and Ms. Zito's Ranchero classes; patriotic songs and flag salute by Ms. Long and Ms. Railsback's Kingston kindergarten classes; a harp and trumpet-saxophone duet by Mr. Spaulding; Ms. Garibay's Maple Dancers; and various school's third recorder students led by Mr. Wells.


"This is what makes a well-rounded student," Turpen said. "It's just so important."


"It gives life meaning," Collins added.