We want every student in Pasco County exposed to an arts education taught by professional, qualified teachers. “It takes more than textbooks to produce tomorrow’s mathematicians, scientists, and business leaders. It takes imagination. We believe that all students need grounding in the arts to stimulate creativity.”
Short-term – 1) Higher FCAT and SAT test scores, GPA's and higher student achievement by all measures, 2) Reduced truancy, reduced drop-out rates and higher graduation rates and better student behavior. Long-term – An Arts Education Enhances Creativity, Provides tools for individuals to succeed in tomorrow’s Global Information Society, Strengthens employment potential. The message in today’s economy: We recognize there must be cuts made in all academic areas and request that the Arts be treated like all the other core subjects. We ask is that the arts are cut no more and no less than the other core subject. “Arts education develops the whole child and is integral to the well-rounded education every child needs.”
Go to the scheduled budget meetings in April. Your presence is vital. Speak up in support of the Arts using the “WHY” statements outlined above. Sign the on-line partition in support. Email a support message to PascoArts4Kids@gmail.com. These messages will be presented to the school board .