NORWAY – The Main Street branch of the Norway Savings Bank is showing the artwork done by the students at the Boxberry School, a state-certified elementary school in Oxford where the arts are used in its curriculum as a tool for learning.

According to Americans for the Arts.org, “The arts serve as a critical component to a complete education and are proven to increase student academic achievement, build skills necessary for workplace success and have a positive influence on the lives of students. The arts help children develop literacy skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening while encouraging divergent thinking and problem-solving skills, enabling students to think creatively.”

Students at Boxberry spend each Wednesday morning on an intensive art project, mixing their own colors and creating art. The arts are also used throughout the curriculum for learning.

For example, younger students may listen to the first half of a story, then act out how they think the story ends.

Head teacher Georgina Grenier said, “You don’t have to be an artist to create art. We’re teaching our students to be visual learners, which helps across the board – in math, language and learning in general.”

For more information on the Boxberry School, call 743-9700 or visit www.boxberryschool.org.


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