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Updated: 12/28/2017 08:30:02AM

Strumming a tune

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Park Elementary members of the school’s Ukulele Club present the Character Word of the Month “Charity” musically at the Dec. 12 meeting of the School Board of Highlands County.

From left: fourth-graders Kamila Watt, Zeferino Cantu, Kael De La Fuente; fifth-graders Hannah Ferrante and Reese Richards; and fourth-grader Gracie Sager.


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Park Elementary Ukulele Club members fifth-graders Hannah Ferrante and Reese Richards follow a lyric sheet/chord chart during their recent performance at a meeting of the School Board of Highlands County.



]Far right: Park Elementary music teacher Chris McCammon with this school year’s Beginning Ukulele Club.

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]Far right: Park Elementary music teacher Chris McCammon with the school's Beginners Ukulele Club.

By MARC VALERO

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AVON PARK — It looks like a little guitar, it’s part of the lute family of instruments and it’s a hit with Park Elementary students — it’s the ukulele.

Developed from Portuguese instruments in Hawaii in the 1900s, the ukulele hit its peak of popularity in the U.S. during the 1920s, but the four-stringed instrument has never disappeared completely.

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