Bring a little drama to reading

Theater Arts Elysian

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.  

Arts to Grow has a similar mission.  But we cannot fully realize our goal  without your help.  Please consider supporting our kids. 

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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