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Students had fun during Lights on After School

Dinky Gowan and his assistant perform the disappearing act

       Students and adults unlocked the magic within them at the Lights on After School recent special event, which was part of the 21st Century Program.

       The evening events were enjoyed by students in grades three through eight and their siblings, held at the Wayne County Middle School. A pizza party, games, and booths were provided by community partners. Activity stations with giant Jenga, 4 Square, obstacle course and corn hole were available to students on the playground  - along with Minecraft and STEM activities inside classroom labs.  The Healthy Kids Coalition were in attendance in case anyone was needing flu shots, school physicals or Covid vaccines. The school resource station provided parents with information and answered questions. Monticello Elementary’s Waynetonian Choir entertained the crowd with patriotic music.

      The headliner for the evening was professional musician Dinky Gowan, Master of Illusion. The crowd was completely entertained by the acts the magician and his assistant performed. Special thanks to the Wayne County Youth Services Center who sponsored the event.

         Gowan has been a frequent visitor to the Wayne County School District over the years and has been performing more than 40 years. He is a full-time magician and entertainment producer at Beech Bend Amusement Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has performed with several well-known musicians such as Lance Burton and Stephen Bargatze.

        Gowan lived up to his reputation and put on a great show for students and their parents. He even called individuals from the audience to participate in his illusions.

        Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, drama, music, and poetry—and discover new skills.

Dinky Gowen is ready to start the show for the students

Magician Dinky Gowan welcomed the crowd.

Students volunteer to help with the trick

Students wanted to get to participate in his acts. He picked a few volunteers to help him.

Student participates in magic trick

Monticello Elementary fourth grader and choir member Bayleigh Upchurch helped out with an act.

Girl helps with magic trick

Monticello Elementary Instructional Assistant Kathy Goodwin got called out of the audience and was a great sport!


Student dresses up for next trick

Bell Elementary student Colson Spencer played an important role in the show.

Student and Dinky make a balloon animal

Student finishes performance

Student helps tie up Gowen's assistant

Gowan's assistant was all tied up, but not for long!

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