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First and Second Graders Produce and Perform Original Art and Dance in Annual "Arts Assembly"

First and second grade students performed original dances on a stage decorated with their own artwork in the school’s auditorium, June 9. 

The Lower School “Arts Assembly” as it is known, is a beloved Country School tradition, a kind of creative rite of passage for students in which first and second graders create the set and choreograph all of the dances themselves for a one-hour performance. They performed earlier in the week for peers and younger students during a dress rehearsal, and then held this performance for family.
“The Arts Assembly is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and is quintessentially Country School in that it is process oriented and child centered,” said Head of Lower School Meaghan Mallin. “The children create their performances through student voice, collaboration and creativity, resulting in a performance that is delivered with confidence, pride and a tremendous amount of joy.”

Art Teacher Karen Wappler and Performing Arts Teacher Jake Alrich guided the students, but the work was very much an expression of the students' collective creativity. View performance.
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