Arts not forgotten by students

Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2005

Sometimes in the process of educating children or leaving no child behind, the arts are forgotten. Recently I attended a memorial service for a retired teacher. At some point, I found myself talking to several young women. One explained that she had my friend as a second-grade teacher. I knew that the only year she taught second grade, she had written and directed a musical version of "Charlotte's Web." I asked, "Were you in 'Charlotte's Web?'" She looked at me with disbelief and answered, "I was Charlotte." The other woman piped up, "I was the sheep!" The play took place in the early 1980s. The 30-something ladies did not come out on a snowy afternoon because of the math and spelling. There are many ways to learn many things. Thank you, Mrs. Bunde.

Kathy Weltzin

Auke Bay

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