Arts are an essential part of the Manchester Local Schools' tradition.

Arts are an essential part of the Manchester Local Schools’ tradition. So much so, that once each year, there is a day set aside just to showcase the arts. No other school events are scheduled that to ensure that students, teachers and parents can see the visual arts and hear the musical performances of K-12 students in the district.

“It involves and showcases work from approximately 1,200 students in some form of the arts,” Suprintendent Dr. James Robinson said.  “It’s a Manchester tradition.”

Robinson estimated that year’s event, help April 23, was at least the 30th event the district has had.

In Manchester, art is required in the kindergarten through eighth grades. In high school, students can opt to take art classes.

Visual arts displays from Nolley Elementary, the middle school and high school included computer technology, industrial arts technology, family and consumer sciences, health and creative cooking and drafting and design.

Artwork from high school seniors was displayed showcasing each student's favorite works. Two of those seniors, Allie Richmond and Megan Gasser, each had their art pieces on display. Richmond's featured acrylic paint and pencil drawings. She noted her work is much improved from freshman year. Gasser's display feature pencil, paint and ceramic pieces.   

Musical performances included the Nolley Performers as well as the seventh- and eighth-grade choirs and the Manchester Singers. The fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands performed as did the high school Percussion Ensemble.

Section leader of the high school Percussion Ensemble and senior Alex Schmidt noted, as he introduced the ensemble, that it was his last performance.

They performed the number “Zolo,” for which they received a rating of 1 – the highest possible rating –  at the recent district band competition.