Commend Establishment of Quality K-8 Arts Programs

Target: Hartford Performs
Goal: Commend ‘Hartford Performs’ for helping to provide K-8 arts programs for public schools

Three years ago, Hartford Performs – a project dedicated to providing quality arts programs for K-8 students in Hartford schools. The program now grows at a rate of over six schools every year.

Arts programs have been difficult to implement in K-8 schools for various reasons. Some programs depend on single teachers or partnerships and easily disintegrate when teachers leave or students move to the next grade.  Others programs are under-qualified and use up funds without significantly enriching students’ art experiences. However, Harford Performs’ system solves both problems.

Hartford Performs puts arts institutions near Hartford through a screening process and lists qualifying programs on its website, which serves as a directory for teachers to choose arts programs for their students. The website currently lists over 180 service providers and organizes them by price, grade, and subject.  The screening process ensures that students will be enrolled in high-quality arts programs, and the fact that the programs are created by steady service providers means less chance that the program will be disintegrated.

Each student participating in the arts program will also get at least three chances to attend an out-of-school arts experience each year.

Quality arts education has proven to be an effective way to boost students’ learning capacity and to improve their teamwork skills and discipline.  It has been linked to increased retention, test scores, and excitement toward learning. By signing this petition you will show your support toward Hartford Performs’ efforts in improving arts education in public schools and enriching the lives of school-aged children.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Hartford Performs:

I recently learned of your expanding arts program for K-8 schools in Hartford, and I would like to commend you for making the effort to enrich the lives of school-aged children through quality, systematic arts education.

Arts education is important to children as it teaches them confidence and self-expression through discipline and teamwork, so it is essential that they get the best training possible.  I applaud you for working toward ensuring quality arts training for all K-8 students in Hartford, and hope that other districts across the nation will work toward similar goals in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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