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Funding is sought for school program

February 17, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -The president of the Morgan Arts Council (MAC) asked the Morgan County Board of Education for funding support of its Adopt-A-School program.

Jenny Rone told the school board Tuesday night that the 2004-05 annual Arts Council program includes the Peabody Computer Music Consort, which was a digital music program at the middle and high schools last October, and Ilene Evans, who performed for two weeks in November.

Evans met with fourth-grade English students and performed creative writing and storytelling. She was asked to return by the fourth-grade teachers, Rone said.

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Coleen Anderson met with 10th-grade English students, and participated in an Ice House theater performance in which students read their poems and short stories. Anderson will return in March.

Singer-songwriter Bill Wellington will perform in May. Rone said Wellington will focus on teaching astronomy through song.

The Morgan County Board of Education donated $2,000 in the past, Rone said.

Jeanne Mozier, a Morgan Arts Council board member, who is also a West Virginia Commission for the Arts member and chairwoman of the Governor's Awards for the Arts, said "looking around the state, people look at us with envy as to the number of art teachers we have here. They look at us as a model."

Mozier said that since 1978, when the first Morgan Arts Council project was brought to Morgan County schools, about 875 artists have performed or produced their art for 25,000 students in all nine schools in Morgan County.

Schools Superintendent David Temple said, "We really do appreciate your efforts (in) enhancing our arts program."

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