A tradition 27 years in the making has once again entertained and charmed.

Sutter Elementary School teacher Kimberly LaBonte spearheaded the performance, which included songs and three short plays.

LaBonte wrote the half-hour show, which this year included 30 students singing and dancing. "Everyone is involved," she said of the annual event.

Once again, her Antioch fourth-graders made her proud. "It was an awesome performance," she said.

The mid-December show included students performing to "Wheel in the Sky," "Shining Star" and "Personality." Then each was featured in one of three plays written by LaBonte.

LaBonte said the event is more than just entertainment.

"The students learn public speaking. Each song has a connection to an objective I taught, like "Personality" for character traits, and "Shining Star" for trying our best.

"The plays are in the Pourquoi genre, and the performance teaches responsibility -- following directions, creativity where they get to make up some of the things that they say and do."

She said the one-night production incorporates cooperation, public speaking, folk stories, creativity and more.

DEADLINE NEAR: The city of Antioch and the school district are taking submissions for the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and scholarship program.

The scholarship is open to middle and high school students in the Antioch district. The application deadline is 4 p.m. Jan. 8. Deliver submissions to the AUSD office, 510 G St.

The celebration is 1-3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Deer Valley High, 4700 Lone Tree Way. Scholarships will be presented at the MLK Birthday event.

The event is sponsored by the city, AUSD, Supervisor Federal Glover, Republic Services, Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades and the Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch.

For more information, visit http://art4antioch.org/MLKScolarship.asp, call 925-325-9897 or email Diane@art4antioch.org.

TIME TO DIG IN: Deer Valley High hosts its annual Crab Feed and Tri-Trip dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way.

The fundraising event for the Antioch school's instrumental music program includes entertainment by the Deer Valley Jazz Ensemble, in addition to DJ music. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, call 415-342-0625.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. Note: Trine also does community outreach for Antioch High.