We’re excited to see new programs being instituted in a New Jersey school: Morris district’s elementary schools, located in Morristown and Morris Township.
Last year, an theater artist-in-residence approach was tried as a pilot program, and this year it became an official part of the district’s language arts curriculum for the third grade. The program will run for grades 3 and 4 next year and grades 3, 4 and 5 the following year.
The program is provided by Mayo Performing Arts Center. The partnership had been developing for years, but has been sporadic in part due to funding. With additional funding and grants, what was just a goal is now a reality.
The school has seen tremendous success with this collaboration. Programs like this help improves reading and comprehension skills. The students are engaged in the process, because they are just having fun with the play. The program is even seen as a way to help improve the students’ scores on the NJ ASK standardized tests. “Programs like this are what make kids want to come to school,” said Noone, the principal. But the kids don’t have to know that. They just know that they’re having fun at school.
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