St. Cyprian's preschoolers put up the big tent

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The circus is in town and students at St. Cyprian's Episcopal school were right in the middle of the performances.

St. Cyprian's preschool teachers have been coordinating and directing a 4-K circus for over twenty years.  The performers are made up of 4-K students exclusively.  The students perform a variety of feats designed to build their gross motor coordination skills and their ability to work as a team.

Students begin preparing for the circus in early January and leave nothing to chance.  They even offer a Grand Entry Parade made up of decorated bicycles and other ride-on toys.

The circus is presented each year in memory of Max Wortham.  The longtime St. Cyprian's school board member grew up in the circus. His family owned a circus that traveled the country and wintered in San Antonio. Wortham went to military school, graduated from Rice University then settled in Lufkin where he owned a sawmill. When Wortham died in 1990, his friend and fellow school board member Marcelle Canon, designated some of the memorial donations be used to purchase circus books for the St. Cyprian's School library.

Organizers say St. Cyprian's now has a fine collection of circus literature and memorabilia.