Arts alive in our schools
To the Editor:
Are the arts alive in our schools?
Recently someone asked me if we had active art and music programs in our schools and I simply answered "yes." What I should have said is You Better Believe It! In the last few weeks I have been overwhelmed by the talent I have enjoyed in our schools.
I celebrated my birthday hearing the DHS Chorus and Band which included a stunning rendition of "Bridge over Troubled Water" by one of our foreign exchange students, Alvin.
I have listened to my daughter Jackie talk for days about her job shadow experience at MVMS with Art Teacher Stacey Zemla. She was amazed by the amount of different projects that are created in one room in a day and the enthusiasm of the teacher and of the students.
Then I was completely blown away at TWK Middle School by the Night of Stars. Ms. Ranger gave me an invitation a few weeks ago and I was so glad she did, what a wonderful event. Apparently, I missed the Tired Iron Cruizers and Western Maine Street Rod Cars chauffer the young artists, but what I did see was an incredible display of artistic and wooden creations. It was a sensory overload of displays as well as a special concert featuring Justin Grignon on vocals and keyboard.
One of the things that really impressed me was the coordination of Mrs. Overlock’s Science project on dragons (which I remember my daughters completing) with Mrs. Weleik’s Art project of constructing the dragon. After the students learned about genetics and structures created by them, they not only created the concept of their creature, they actually created it.
What a great collaboration between the subject areas offered. It was really great to be reminded how teachers work together to not only teach students but to help focus the imagination and creativity they all have, but don’t always get the chance to express.
As a school board member of RSU 10, I would like to thank all the teachers that make events like these possible and make learning fun and engaging for our children.
Lolisa M. Windover