Representative Presents Check to Pike Co. Superintendent

(TROY, ALABAMA) Representative Alan Boothe, (District 89) today presented a check for $5,000 to Dr. Mark Bazzell, Superintendent of Pike County Schools, for the educational project, Art in the Curriculum, a collaboration between the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center and the Pike County Board of Education.

During the week of July 14-18, 2008, the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center will host four days of intensive workshops for 3rd,4th and 5th grade County School teachers which will coincide and complement two major exhibits, Lamar Dodd, Artist of Georgia and Techniques and Styles: A Sampling of Paintings, Drawings and Prints from the Georgia Museum of Art which will run from June through August.

"On behalf of our Board of Directors, we wish to thank Representative Boothe for this generous contribution toward education in the arts. We appreciate his continued interest in our children's education and his awareness of the power of integration of art into the classroom," said Richard Metzger, Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Center. This project is a major component of our Boards' ongoing efforts to bring art into the curriculum of Pike County elementary schools. The workshop and the two exhibits will be presented in our newly renovated Holman & Ethel Johnson Center for the Arts, formally the old Troy Post Office (circa 1911)."

The workshops, being facilitated by Martha Lockett, Executive Director of the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts, will focus on bringing a sorely-needed art curriculum into the County's elementary schools.

Attending teachers will be given the tools that will enable them to present the state required curriculum in math, reading, science and social studies using art as a catalyst to engage their students with all three main sensory receivers, vision, auditory and kinesthetic.

Over forty teachers will receive a direct benefit from this workshop, and through these teachers, over 1000 students will benefit.

This project is made possible by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Child Caring Foundation/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Pike County Board of Education and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.