Approximately 1,000 Hesperia Unified School District students had their artwork, writing or musical skills displayed Tuesday at the district's annual Festival of the Arts at Ranchero Middle School.


"OK, give them a hand," Kingston Elementary School music teacher Chet Heflin said, as the school's band and strings section finished a number, before launching into elementary music staple "Frère Jacques." "Wasn't that fun?"


While live entertainment, including singing, dancing, drama and instrumental performances took place at one end of the Ranchero gymnasium, the majority of the room had been turned into an art gallery featuring art from students from pre-kindergarten through seniors in high school.


Each school selected which works of art to send to the festival, and they ranged from book report dioramas, bound editions of short stories, paper-mâché statues and paintings.


Every HUSD school but Oak Hills High School participated in the festival.


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