We are so excited to be celebrating six years of partnership with the Brockton Public Schools by handing out our 10,000th children’s book to kindergarteners through our ImagineARTS program!
Developed in partnership with Brockton teachers, ImagineARTS, SSC’s arts-integrated literacy program, is our flagship community partnership program, serving over 4,000 preschool and kindergarten children since 2012. Every week, SSC arts specialists provide arts-integrated literacy instruction using music, drama, dance and stories to promote important pre-reading skills. Classes are story-based: lessons focus on a picture book through which specific letters, vocabulary words, and literacy concepts are explored.
To help bridge the gap between school and home, SSC annually provides each kindergartener at its five partner schools (Arnone, Angelo, Baker, George, and Gilmore) four books from its core curriculum. This week, 720 students received their own copy of Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema. During their ImagineARTS class, children learned the African folk tune Funga Alafia in English and Swahili, acted out action words in the story by floating like feathers and flying like eagles, and sang the rhyming song. Parents receive a newsletter outlining these activities and offering suggestions for things to try at home.
Dawn Miller, an ImagineARTS Partner Teacher at the George School says, “My students (and their parents) are so very thrilled to get the great books from ImagineARTS! The students love that they know the story from their class with Miss Holly and they are so proud to show off their knowledge to their parents. The books are an important part of our curriculum. The stories are familiar and easy to build units around. Some rhyme, some have great characters, some are just fun to read. The students respond very well to them.”
ImagineARTS is provided free of charge to our partner schools through the generosity of local friends, business sponsors and the MA Cultural Council. For more information, contact Anne Smith, SSC Director of Community Engagement , firstname.lastname@example.org