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Fountaindale Elementary in Hagerstown earns two arts education awards

June 09, 2008|By JANET HEIM

Fountaindale Elementary School recently received two state-level awards in arts education.

The Creative Ticket School of Excellence Award was presented at the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance statewide conference at Towson University's Center for the Arts on May 27.

The award was sponsored by AEMS and the Kennedy Center. It honors individual schools for excellent arts education programs and for outstanding accomplishments in making the arts an essential part of education in their district.

Fountaindale's application provided several examples of arts-integrated lessons in dance, movement, art and music. Show choir and instrumental music, as well as sample newsletters, notes to staff, art book of the month, the school mural and sample lesson plans also were showcased.

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Sandy Gray Murray, Washington County Public Schools curriculum and instruction specialist - Visual Arts and Arts Integration, said the award provides support for Fountaindale's program.

"It also serves as validation that what Fountaindale does with the arts is purposeful and meaningful," Gray Murray said in a written release.

The school also received the Visionary School Award, which was to be presented at the Taste for the Arts III event in Baltimore on June 7. The award includes $750 to be used by the school to bring in a performing artist.

This state-level award goes to the school that best demonstrates its passion for using the arts as an essential component of its students' education. It is sponsored by Young Audiences of Maryland.

"We're thrilled we're receiving recognition for our magnet program," said Fountaindale Principal Kerry Rowe.

This is Rowe's first year as Fountaindale's principal. She was quick to give credit to the teachers and previous principal, Donna Newcomer.

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