WASD holds artist and residents programs

As part of its Teacher Mini-Grant Program, the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation allocated $2,400 of its Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania for two Artist in Residents programs at WAHS.

Folklorist and storyteller Fiona Powell visited with Marie Fox’s drama students for a 10-day “workshop” on how to tell their own stories.

Acting as a professional resource, Powell guided students on the creative process in telling stories and how to script and perform for large audiences.

In addition, the workshop helped to enhance students’ writing abilities also while connecting their own lives to the world of theatre.

Jeffrey Turner, the director of orchestral studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, visited for a one-day instructional class to work with middle and high school orchestra students.

Through his visit, students were given the opportunity to work in a private setting with a world-class musician to strengthen their talent and ability to perform.

The school district’s EITC funds for these projects were from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania received from Brodart Co. and CRS Inc., F.N.B. Corporation, FTS International Services and Woodlands Bank.

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