Fitchburg Art Show Was Sight to See
On Wednesday, June 2, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Art Showcase at Memorial Middle School. This is a Fitchburg Public Schools afterschool program for children in elementary and middle schools that is entirely grant funded. The program provides these students with afterschool snacks, dinner and homework support, and a wide variety of mindfulness, team building, creative, and problem solving experiences and activities. These are just a sampling of the experiences that the students can participate in during the year: drama, engineering, nutrition, kitchen science, weaving, art, mock trial, scrapbooking, Legoland and dozens of other imaginative activities.
The students had the opportunity to showcase what they learned and what they created for their parents and the public. It was amazing to view the exceptional quality of their final products. More amazing was to witness the enormous pleasure and pride students displayed in presenting. There was definitely as sense of celebration that was contagious and entertaining. The evening culminated in a musical production and dance demonstration that was very special. Congratulations to all the kids that took part in the showcase.
You should be proud.
This program could not be as successful if it wasn’t for the hard work and commitment of the coordinators; Becky Maki, Kelly Morrison, Sue DiGeronimo, Dina Gagne, Kim Bellio, and Sue Tourigny. Also vital to the success of the program are the teaching staff and the community partners; Fitchburg Art Museum, The Fitchburg Police Department, Eddie’s Music, UMass, Growing Places, The Green Team, United Way, Be PAWsitive, SODEXO. and Ali Cromwell (Shirley Police Department).