Benton Heights Elementary played host to a Washington D.C advisory committee Feb. 10, when the Committee of the Arts and Humanities paid a visit.
The committee came to North Carolina to observe an A+ school, and state officials recommended Benton Heights as a place where the arts play a key role in education.
“We’re very honored, excited and thrilled,” Frank Casstevens, Benton Heights arts coordinator, said. “We want to show them our philosophies and our belief that the arts are doing great things in Union County Public Schools.”
During the tour, committee members spoke with students and staff, while observing some of the classrooms. Committee members have visited schools and pilot programs and held focus groups throughout the U.S. for the past 1 1/2 years, collecting data for committee members to brief the president.
“We’re putting together a report on the state of art education trends and challenges over the last decade,” committee Executive Director Rachel Goslins said. “Before you can reinvest in arts education, you need to figure out what’s working and what’s not working, what the major hurdles are.”