Homer High School students were showcasing their creative passions this weekend during the first “Colors of Homer."
It was standing-room only Saturday night at the Homer Council on the Arts with nearly 100 students, family and community members in attendance.
More than a dozen students signed up to either perform covers or original songs, play videos they had created, show pieces of art or share baked goods. Homer High School teacher Matt Tucker says the event was created after an incident earlier this year allegedly involving a few students from Homer High.
"I ... wanted to do something to bring some light on some positive actions of youth," he said. "There (are) so many great kids in the community."
He says he, along with his co-creator and fellow Homer High teacher Alayne Tetor, would like to see the Colors of Homer become an entirely student-led event.
"They want it to be laid-back, kind of a coffee house style .... really free for all forms of expression," said Tetor.
Sophomore Robert Hockema served as emcee on Saturday night and also performed with fellow students Riley and Dakota. Hockema says this will be a great opportunity for students to share what he calls their creative “energy."
"This is good ... for more people to jump into creative arts and performing arts," said Hockema.
The students pointed out they expect a bigger turn out for the next Colors of Homer because so many of their classmates were studying for finals.
The students also taped a long piece of butcher paper to one of the walls for anyone in attendance to take part in live art. Tucker says the students wanted to send the finished product to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. as a way to let that community know they are thinking about them in the wake of last week’s school shooting.