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Stafford Schools virtual arts festival celebrates student success

From Stafford County Schools:

Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) invites the community to “Explore the Arts in SCPS” as part of a month-long celebration of March’s Music in our Schools Month, Theatre in our Schools Month, and Youth Art Month. Visit the SCPS Arts website to explore virtual galleries showcasing student artwork, performances, and compositions, as well as virtual masterclasses, workshops, and much more. Throughout March 2021, SCPS will celebrate the positive experiences students have in all fine and performing arts disciplines.

“Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, visual arts, and theatre, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students,” said SCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner. “Arts education enables students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, imagination and creativity, discipline, alternative ways to communicate feelings and ideas, and cultural understanding, which supports academic success across the curriculum as well as personal growth outside the classroom. We acknowledge the arts as a powerful tool to unlock the potential of the whole child.”

The virtual arts month culminates on March 29, 2021, at 7 p.m. with a special, virtual edition of the annual Band Together to Fight Hunger performance. The event will showcase Stafford County’s high school bands and include performances, past and present, and interviews with students, directors, alumni, and special guests. Community members are asked to support the event by dropping off non-perishable food donations to collection boxes located at all SCPS schools and offices, as well as other locations in the community, through March 26, 2021. 

Band Together directly benefits the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank (FRFB) in their effort to stock local food pantries and programs within the communities that house the students, faculty, and staff of Stafford County Public Schools.  The organization is reporting a 70% increase in demand since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, serving close to 13,000 people every month. 

The 2019 Band Together event provided the equivalent of more than 46,000 meals to our community. For more information on SCPS visit www.staffordschools.net.

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