New Program Teaches Art to 4th, 5th Graders

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All fourth- and fifth-graders in Nassau County, about 1,500 students, will have art teachers this school year, thanks to a $60,000, expanded art-instruction program in the school system.

James Northey, director of instruction for elementary education, said the school system is contracting with the Amelia Arts Academy to supply four art teachers to Bryceville Elementary School, Hilliard Elementary School, Callahan Intermediate School, Yulee Elementary School and Emma Love Hardee Elementary School.

"They will be teaching art five hours a day, four days a week for 30 weeks," Northey said. "This will prepare the children for our middle-school art programs. It also will help children learn more and it will increase their interest in school."

There already are full-time art teachers for the county's middle and high schools. But most elementary students had no formal art instruction.

The funds the elementary schools have had recently for resource teachers were used most often for music and physical education, Northey said.

But there always has been a correlation between art and reading, writing and math, he said. …

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