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Letter: Arts fills in the education gap

To the editor:

It has come to my attention that the Arts Enrichment program in our elementary schools is a line item the board may be considering eliminating. I am writing to urge you not to end this essential program. I have seen firsthand the usefulness and effectiveness of this program.

Students in our classrooms are slowly being deprived of the fundamental activities that make learning fun. The emphasis of learning through the reading and math curriculum has taken time away from science, social studies, and art, all of which are the engaging and “fun” activities children look forward to. Teachers struggle to continue to incorporate these activities where they can during the demanding time schedule of the school day. This is where the Arts Enrichment program comes in. They help fill the gap. They are additional glue for inspirational learning. Sadly it is only enrichment, when there should be time for it to actually be in the curriculum every day. Children have brought home wonderful projects from time in the Arts Enrichment program — projects that are of quality, not just novel keepsakes.

Please leave the Arts Enrichment line item unaltered in the budget. If you must alter it at all, add money to it. It does a world of good for our children, but if it’s gone it will do a world of hurt.

Victoria Burnham

Greenfield

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