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What to know about Arts Night at Penn Hebron Elementary

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

What is it?

Penn Hebron Elementary students want to show the community their talents and they'll have the chance beginning May 23, when the school hosts its first Arts Night. Students will dance, sing, play instruments, read poetry, display artwork and more.

How'd it come about?

“Our learning team at Penn Hebron was looking for ways to get parents more actively involved and more personally involved in what students were doing that interested them,” said Penn Hebron Principal Sandra Barker. There are eight members of the Penn Hebron learning team, which is made up of staff and administrators.

What's the format?

The Arts Night will be modeled somewhat on the “Penn Hills Got Talent” event held annually, but Barker said it will feature a more-diverse array of artistic expression. “There will be a talent-show part, but also things like art displays and placards written by students talking about the artwork … we'll be doing poetry and short readings, and band teachers are working with students on duets and instrumentals,” she said.

Getting involved

The Arts Night will feature Penn Hebron Elementary students only. Barker said permission forms will be sent home to parents for students who want to participate, and a rehearsal will take place the week before the first event.

Trying it out

Barker said Penn Hebron officials are going to pilot the Arts Night program for the next two years and see how it evolves. “We're building on things that have been successful at other places,” Barker said. “This started out as a sort of talent-show idea, but evolved very quickly into more of a night of arts and culture. It will be nice, because our grade-level students (kindergarten through fourth grade) don't get to display this type of stuff very often.”

If you go

Penn Hebron Elementary Arts Night will take place May 23 at the school, located at 102 Duff Road. Barker said art displays will be up for browsing at 6 p.m., and stage performances will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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