Academics and the arts go hand in hand and take center stage at Jennie Moore Elementary School for the Creative Arts. We're in Mount Pleasant for our Cool School of the week.
Fifth grade students are gearing up for quite a performance. Through their talents, students will bring the mysterious world of Aladdin to life. Andrew Phillips gets top billing, he plays Aladdin. He says, “it's our last performance. We're hoping to make this our best performance.” J.M.E. is a partial magnet school for the creative arts. Fifth grade student Roemello Young says, “I like Jennie Moore, because I want to be an actor when I grow up, and the drama program really helps me.”
The arts are infused into the curriculum; drama, chorus, chimes, strings, and Spanish instruction. Music teacher Beth Heywood says, “The fine arts teachers work very hard together to connect our lessons to each other, as well as we try to connect to some of the things children are doing in their classrooms.” Third grade student Grant Hadden says, 'It's really fun because we do all the songs and on the tests. We just sing them in our head and we get the answers.” Second grade teacher Sierra Jung says, “I love to teach through the arts. This was a unit we did on weather, but we are constantly using art as a means to relay the curriculum to our students. Not everyone learns the same way and art gives everybody a chance to express themselves and what they've learned.” Principal Karen Felder says, “It works hand in hand. The special areas teachers support the classroom teachers, the classroom teachers support the special area teachers, and the children all day long get a great exposure to lots of different elements of the arts.” Second grade student Auryanna Ascue says, “I think they're a great way to express feelings.” Andrew Phillips says, “We get to learn a all of the arts. I think they are pretty cool.”
The school's big Aladdin production will be held Wednesday May 22nd, and Thursday May 23rd at 7 p.m.
Jennie Moore also has big hearts. This year, students raised more than $27-thousand for Jump Rope for Heart. They also participated in relay for life… and change bandits for MUSC.
Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present Jennie Moore Elementary School for the Creative Arts with our Cool School award.
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