Students from Turner schools participate in ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)

by William Crum

Soon the holiday season will be here. This is where family and friends get together and traditions are made.

One tradition in my home as I grew up was going to the Kansas City Ballet’s “Nutcracker” performance. Did you know there are kids that live here and are in the “Nutcracker” ballet? Students from the Turner School District, through a community engagement and education program, participate in the ballet.

How it works is a teacher from the Kansas City Ballet comes to the school and teaches ballet. One school that participates is Oak Grove Elementary. By having this outreach program, students learn better. They seem more relaxed, said James Polk, principal of Oak Grove Elementary.

Currently some schools in the Turner district participate in this program sponsored by the Kansas City Ballet.

A teacher from the ballet goes to the school and teaches a class in the gym once a week. Students are observed by the teacher with a watchful eye. Those students who show desire and perseverance are invited into the scholarship program. Statistics show that schools that have programs like this have students who are more relaxed and attentive in school. Plus, they have a tendency to be able to cope with life a lot easier.

Rowan Bouray is a student who has a scholarship from the Kansas City Ballet. She has performed in the “Nutcracker” for the last two years. This year she will be a soldier in the performance.

When asked how she feels when she dances in the ballet, Rowan, who is shy, lit up with happiness.

“It makes me happy inside,” she said. “I feel like an angel.”

Rowan is a student at Turner Elementary, a future ballerina in the making.

There are others like Rowan who come from the Turner School District.

“I really enjoy working with the Turner School District,” said April Berry, outreach director for the Kansas City Ballet, adding that she was looking forward to working with them for years to come.

Besides the “Nutcracker,” the students may participate later in “Swan Lake.”

The “Nutcracker” opens on Dec. 5. For ticket information, visit https://kcballet.org/events/the-nutcracker/ or call 816-931-8993.

Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)
Students from the Turner schools are participating in a Kansas City ballet program. (Photo by William Crum)

Police notes

Shooting into occupied vehicle reported at James Street


A shooting into an occupied vehicle was reported at 4:15 a.m. Nov. 22 at North James Street and Lyons Avenue, according to a social media post by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.


The victim told police he was driving to work when a silver four-door vehicle pulled alongside and began shooting, according to police. His vehicle was struck several times, and the suspects fled the scene.

Shots fired on Gilmore Avenue


An aggravated assault was reported at 4:28 a.m. Nov. 22 in the 1100 block of Gilmore Avenue, according to a social media post by police.


Several people were arguing in the street, and then it escalated into shots fired, witnesses told police. An apartment building and a vehicle were hit by gun fire, according to police.

Slight chance of snow today and tonight

National Weather Service graphic
Wyandotte County could get about a tenth of an inch of snow today and tonight, according to the National Weather Service. (National Weather Service graphic)

The forecast from the National Weather Service has a slight chance of snow today and tonight.

According to the weather service, there is a 40 percent chance of rain and snow today, then a 30 percent chance of rain and snow late tonight and early Saturday morning.

The temperature was 32 degrees at 8 a.m. Friday, with a wind chill of 26.

Scattered light rain is expected to move in early this afternoon, the weather service said. It may transition to scattered light snow shortly after sunset tonight.

The light snow should exit the area early Saturday morning, the weather service said. A dusting to half an inch is possible tonight.

Slick spots on roadways could affect the evening commute today, according to the weather service.

The next chance for rain, with some snow possibly mixed in at times, will be Tuesday, the weather service said.

The forecast for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, will be a high near 49 with a 40 percent chance of showers, according to the weather service.

Today, there is a slight chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain and snow between 11 a.m. and noon, then a chance of rain after noon, the weather service said. The chance of precipitation today is 40 percent. The high will be near 40 with a north northeast wind of 3 to 8 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is predicted.

Tonight, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and snow before 4 a.m., then a slight chance of rain between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., followed by a slight chance of rain and snow after 5 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 32, with a calm wind. Less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation is in the forecast.

Saturday, it will be mostly cloudy through mid-morning, then gradually clearing, with a high near 45 and a calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 31 and a calm wind, according to the weather service.

Sunday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 55 and a calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph, the weather service said.

Sunday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 37, according to the weather service.

Monday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 56, the weather service.

Monday night, it will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 37, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high near 48, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 29, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 50, the weather service said.

Wednesday night, there will be a 30 percent chance of showers, with a low of 34, according to the weather service.

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers, with a high near 49, the weather service said.

For more weather information, visit www.weather.gov.