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Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts recognized
Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts is one of five North Carolina schools to receive a John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts School of Excellence in Arts Education award.
Benton Heights Principal Blaire Traywick, the school’s arts coordinator Frank Casstevens and its media coordinator Beth Lanzy were recognized at Tuesday’s (Dec. 10, 2013) Board of Education meeting for the award.
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis congratulated the school staff, recognizing the hard work necessary for the application process, which focused on the school’s arts education, arts integration and arts exposure. “Congratulations for an excellent job,” Ellis said.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Awards Program recognizes schools that do an outstanding job of making the arts essential to the education of their students.
Arts North Carolina, a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, also selected four other North Carolina schools for the award: R.J. Reynolds High School and Diggs-Latham Magnet Elementary School in Winston-Salem; Northwood High School in Pittsboro; and Artspace Charter School in Swannanoa.
Casstevens was also recognized by the board Tuesday night for receiving the 2013 Center Stage Award given annually by Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
This award is presented to an individual whose service and or partnership with the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center has significantly furthered the mission and improved the programs that Blumenthal Performing Arts Center provides to the community.
It was presented to Casstevens at Blumenthal’s annual meeting in mid November.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe