Letter: Boyle County Schools has strong arts program

November 10, 2004

Dear Editor:

Picture a room full of middle school students working with clay. Five students are carefully shaping bowls on pottery wheels. Students work shoulder to shoulder at tables creating a coil pot, a teacup, a mug to honor prisoners of war. On the walls, posters illustrate inspirational pottery. On shelves, rows of student creations wait to be fired in the two kilns in a separate room. Hands and minds are busy.

Pottery is one of many arts skills taught at Boyle County Middle School. As we move forward from National Arts and Humanities Month, I want to share a quick overview of arts instruction in place for Boyle County students.

For years, Boyle County Schools has provided visual arts as well as vocal and instrumental music and dance instruction in all of our schools. Sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, computer animation and graphics, after-school arts programming and countless integrations of arts into the subject content broaden and nurture skills that extend to lifelong pursuits.


Students do well every year in competitions. The Boyle County Marching Rebels this year placed third in state competition. We're proud of this group of dedicated students and the program that has produced the only band in Kentucky to win three consecutive Class A state championships.

The concert and jazz bands provide a wide range of instrumental experience, and our Internet tutorial service has won national attention.

Arts academies have employed local artists to provide dance, drama, visual arts, vocal and instrumental music instruction for identified Gifted and Talented students in the elementary and middle grades.

Our choral program features over 200 middle and high school singers each semester who perform for the public and are well represented in All-State events where participation is controlled by rigorous audition with prepared and site-read music.

Since 1997, we have served as fiscal agent for The Danville/Boyle County/KSD Community Education Program that last year provided arts classes for 2,433 community members.

Central Office displays student pottery, and I will not be surprised if middle school students shaping clay today are among the arts community tomorrow.

Pam Rogers, superintendent

Boyle County Schools

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