A group of Harker Heights High School students welcomed more than 400 elementary school children to their campus Friday for the school’s annual fairy tale day.

The teens built sets, donned costumes and put on short plays based on six popular fairy tales, including “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White.”

“We have second- through third-grade students coming in from the elementary schools to see the performances,” said Jennifer Lee, a HHHS teacher. “(The students) will also organize activities for the children as well.”

The high school students participating in the event were members of the child development and Texas Association of Future Educators campus organizations. Alisha O’Bryant, a HHHS junior and TAFE member who portrayed Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” said participating in the event would help her learn more about working with children.

“I want to become a kindergarten teacher,” she said. “I think this is going to be good practice for that.”

O’Bryant admitted she was a little nervous performing in front of so many young children. She said theater student Amanda Rodriguez gave her some helpful advice.

“You’re going to be a little nervous, but just keep going, even if you miss a line,” said Rodriguez, who acted in “Hansel and Gretel.” “Just get out there and have fun.” The school will host 500 Killeen ISD elementary school students Oct. 23 for another fairy tale day.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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