Thursday, June 24, 2010

Congratulations Palm Avenue Elementary in San Bernardino!

Earlier this year, Palm Avenue Elementary School in San Bernardino was named a 2010 California Distinguished School and has been honored with the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award. The school’s staff has contributed much of their success to their fine arts magnet program. According to the school’s principal, Christopher Tickell, “I have the privilege of working with some dedicated and creative employees, very involved parents and students who are eager to learn. And I think a lot of that ties back into our fine arts magnet program.”

How does this tie to the Center? Palm Avenue is an Arts Teach Partner School and, as a member of the Center’s ArtsConnect program, the Center provides a majority of the services that make up Palm Avenue’s fine arts program by giving workshops, residencies and performance opportunities with professional artists as well as teacher professional development and opportunities for parents to learn alongside their students. Palm Avenue’s fine arts resource teacher states, “It has been a great year and OCPAC is a HUGE part of it!”

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