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Empowering Education: Women Leaders Support the Performing Arts

three men drumming

Every student, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, deserves access to a rich and diverse learning experience. The Special Education Foundation (SEF) understands that bringing the arts into the classroom for students with disabilities served by the Special School District (SSD) not only enhances their educational journey but also cultivates a supportive environment that celebrates their unique strengths and talents.

SEF is able to support a broad spectrum of disciplines, including visual arts, music, theater, and dance through our Arts in the Classroom, Classroom Innovation Grants and Principal Grants programs. These experiences offer profound benefits that extend to cognitive, emotional, and social domains. For students with disabilities, these benefits are particularly significant as they provide avenues for self-expression, communication, and personal growth.

One of the recent performances the Women Leaders supported through the Principal Grants was brought to Litzsinger School with a production from the Afriky Lolo West African Dance Company, a musical and dance ensemble of drumming techniques and West African rhythms on African drums. This rich heritage of African performance was enjoyed by the students and they were able to participate in the drumming techniques and some were brought on stage to dance along with the drum beats.

Litzsinger Principal Kathy Russ states, “Of all the art performances brought to our school, this one is the best and engages the students the most. Thank you SEF and the Women Leaders for funding this performance!”

These collaborative experiences not only enrich the learning process but also contribute to the development of vital social skills that are essential for student success in school and beyond.

By embracing the transformative power of the arts, educators can create enriching learning experiences that empower students to reach their full potential, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. Learn more about the Women Leaders Principal Grants program and how SEF supports the SSD schools.