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Updated: 01/25/2014 08:00:01AM

Shrek pays a visit

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Spotting a giant green creature in the hallway, Garrett Massie, a fifth-grade student at Sallie Jones Elementary School in Punta Gorda, walked right up to the creature, unable to resist the urge to touch the giant Shrek who was visiting his school early Thursday morning. The visit was to promote "Shrek the Musical," being presented at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, also in Punta Gorda, by Charlotte High School Troupe 0922. Seniors Sara Hart and Daulton Lunsford accompanied Shrek to the Family Center at Sallie Jones to hand out free student tickets to those students and their parents who came early for books to read over the weekend. "Shrek the Musical" takes the stage at CPAC starting Feb. 8, with six shows scheduled through Feb. 16.

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First-grader Eisley Kiburz watches her brother, second-grader Shane, as he slowly approaches Shrek, who was visiting the Sallie Jones Elementary Family Reading Center early Thursday morning with Charlotte High seniors Sara Hart and Daulton Lunsford.

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Fifth-graders Marco Marquez, Kevon Goodman and Mario Marquez, who plays the "young" Shrek in the upcoming musical, could not resist have their photo taken with Sara Hart, Shrek and Daulton Lunsford before the start of classes Thursday morning.

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Second-graders Finn Wyllie and Colin Keegan were encouraged to show off their best Shrek imitation by CHS drama students Sara Hart and Daulton Lunsford.

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Shrek leans down for looking for a kiss on both of his cheeks from fifth-graders Jailene Sanchez and Devin Cline, who were volunteering at the early morning reading program at Sallie Jones.

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Third-grader Jacob McIntosh practices his best Shrek growl in the hallway outside the Family Reading Center at Sallie Jones Elementary.

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When Sara Hart asked first-grader Bella Wilson if she wanted to give Shrek a kiss, the expression on Bella's face was priceless.

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Each of the students, like second-grader Mia Flores, who attended the early morning reading program got his photo taken with Shrek, Sara Hart and Daulton Lunsford to be displayed in the Family Reading Center. They also received a free ticket to see the upcoming show at CPAC.

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Kindergarten student Daniel Barlow was keeping his distance, even though he was curious to see the giant Shrek who came to visit his school.

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Title One teacher Amy Cole had to direct Shrek and his carriers to the side door of the school, where the double doors would allow Chris Craib, Wendy Paul and Sara Hart access to bring in the oversized ogre to meet and greet families at her early morning reading program in the Family Reading Center.

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With the encouragement of his dad, Jacob Klossner, and drama student Sara Hart, first-grader Dylan Klossner was able to "almost" shake hands with Shrek. No way was he going to look into his face.

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