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I just wanted to share with the readers my feelings about the great arts programs that we have in the Port Washington School District. These last couple of weeks, though hectic ones, have been very gratifying after attending a number of year-end programs in three of the schools.

We attended the spring concert at Weber several weeks ago and enjoyed witnessing the growth of talent with their musicians. Last week the Weber Live Talent Show for the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation attracted an amazing amount of talent from the students and teachers at Weber. It was such a warm and joyful environment. The audience of students and families embraced the performers, who thoroughly enjoyed performing in front of such an enthusiastic and supportive crowd. It was great.

On another evening I attended a short and intimate performance by dance students at Schreiber High School. These young women showed grace and sophistication as they danced in the contemporary style which I'm sure they were unfamiliar with when they began their semester.

Last night was the annual art show at Sousa. Upon walking into the lobby we were hit with the energy of hundreds of student artists. It was incredible. The walls were lined with colorful projects. Students were playing chamber music in the front lobby, there was a recorder concert down another hall and the band was playing in the cafeteria. Art was everywhere. And, to top off the evening, the fifth grade mosaic project around the flagpole was unveiled. Every student was represented in some way that evening, whether providing music or having their art hung on the walls.

Many of the students in the district do not have the opportunity outside of school to be exposed to the instrumental instruction, the dramatic arts, visual arts, music or dance that is offered in Port Washington. It is vital that we continue to support these arts programs in the schools and support the instructors and administrators who keep the creative juices flowing.

Kate Bernhard


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