by Daniel Freeman
Sam Dickerson speaks for two.
Dickerson a seventh grader at Bo Manor Middle is able to bring to life his ventriloquist dummy, Jeff. The pair will be making their appearance at the school’s variety show on February 16.
Bo Manor Middle students are preparing for their annual show. Many are memorizing song lyrics, one is practicing Tae Kwon Do and another can complete a Rubik's Cube in less than minute.
"I'm proud of the talent that Bo Manor Middle has to offer," said director and sixth grade special education teacher Ashley Bradford.
Rehearsals began on January 17 after the initial audition on December 14. There are 10 students and they stay after school twice a week to rehearse for two hours and will continue to until the day of the show.
Running the show and practices are two Positive Behavior Intervention Support coaches Jamie Miller and Bradford. The emcee for the night will be Jillian Mullins who will assist in leading the show with Dickerson and his ventriloquist dummy, Jeff.
The show helps raise funds for the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Initiative.
This program provides behavior incentives to students. One of the ways Bo Manor Middle utilizes the funds, is for "Bo Bucks" and Green Zone events.
"Bo Bucks" are school issued coupons that students can use at the school store. Green Zone events are offered when a student goes the entire marking period with no office referrals and three or less minor incident referrals. Green Zone events are student driven activities such as games like kickball or watching a movie.
Last year about 250 students and parents attended the show. This year it will start at 6 p.m. on February 16. The snow date will be the following day. Tickets cost $3 per person or $5 for two people. Children ages 5 and under are free.