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Colliers pupils take the stage

November 20, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

MORGANTOWN - Colliers Primary School students took to the stage and performed a dance as part of the Student-Centered Arts Learning Environments Project Friday at West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center.

Maestro Grant Cooper invited the students to showcase the dance they learned from Dolly Kidd, Brooke County Reading Coach and Project SCALE Committee member.

In collaboration with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, the SCALE Project encourages public school teachers to explore an arts-integrated approach. This year's program focused on Little Red Riding Hood and lead up to the concert performance of a work by Cooper, "Boyz in the Wood."

Colliers Primary School was among a number of elementary schools across the state participating in SCALE for the 2012-2013 school year. The Colliers Primary teachers incorporated the arts-integrated learning model across the curriculum. Not only was the model used in the classroom, but it was also incorporated into the speech, physical education and art classes, as well as into the school's positive behavior program.

Project SCALE organizers said arts integration connects schoolwork with everyday life.

"And that's the amazing thing about the arts integration in our schools these days, is that we can teach children, through the arts, in ways that they use their imaginations and really become enthusiastic about their learning," said Cooper, the symphony conductor.

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