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Celebration of Art at Elementary Schools

Years of research on Art Education show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork Edutopia, 2016. Children at our schools are fortunate to take part in engaging art activities and lessons on a regular basis.

To celebrate Art Education, each of the Cortland Enlarged City School District’s elementary schools will take time to celebrate their students creativity and display art at a featured show. The first art show kicks off this week at Smith Elementary School on April 18.

Students are hard at work to finish up their pieces of art. Judy Cogan, Smith/Parker Elementary art teacher is excited to showcase her students work. Judy said, “I am excited to celebrate the hard work and creativity of all of our students. Artwork from all students in grades K-6 will be on display and I encourage people to attend this special event.”

Steven, 1st grade student at Smith said, “I am going to put my monster I have been working on in the art show. I worked really hard on my monster and want to show it off. My monster is an alien because it has one eye.”  Steven’s classmate, Chanel said, “I made my monster out of construction paper, glue and paint. I am proud of the monster and want to show it off in the art show.”

Below is the schedule of the elementary school art shows:

  • Smith, April 18

  • Parker, May 15

  • Virgil, May 21

  • Barry, May 30

  • Randall, June 7

Please consider attending the art shows and supporting the arts!



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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