Last Monday evening the hallways of Oakwood Intermediate were brimming with families eager to support their young artists. Students grabbed their parents and led them through hallways freshly wallpapered with the work of small hands; musicians played recorders and choir members, led by Mr. Dan DeZwaan, sang for a packed gymnasium.
Mr. Bol, principal of Oakwood, was excited by the crowds at this annual event and was busy greeting young and old alike.
“It’s great to be able to have parents come in and experience some of what their kids are doing during the day!” he said.
Kids like Abby Talcott agree. Her creativity bloomed the moment Ms. Falkowski, her art teacher, asked the class to use watercolor and crayon to draw koi fish during their fall “Art of Japan” unit.
With face smiling and imagination activated, Abby caught the eyes of Mr. Bol and Ms. Falkowski, who both describe her as a kid who captures the essence of Allendale’s Three R’s: respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.
In her four years at APS, Ms. Falkowski is continually amazed at how engaged and dedicated APS families are in supporting their children. She realizes that not all schools are fortunate enough to run out of 1,000 cookies at an art event!
“Allendale’s art program stands out from the crowd because it sets a high standard,” Ms. Falkowski. “This is obviously a community that’s dedicated to the arts!”
I can only echo her sentiments–the support given by our parents and community truly is what makes our work in education meaningful and possible. Thank you!