Dothan City Schools Are Excelling

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

A new study shows many elementary schools are doing well, not only in academics, but also with incorporating the arts into learning.

Dothan City Schools are finding creative ways to inspire students. Heard Elementary is doing this by bringing art into the classroom.

Heard Elementary Resource Specialist Jo Ellen Nelson said, "It's a chance for students who don't shine to express themselves through art."

Students are already benefiting from the partnership between the school and the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

Savannah Vinson, a Heard Elementary 4th grader said, "It's fun and you can express yourself, but you can also go places you can't really go."

Heard Elementary 2nd Grader Evie Saliva said, "We don't have the opportunity a lot of times to express ourselves and it can be a joyful thing."

Other schools are shining because of excellence in academics.

Cloverdale Elementary Teacher Elizabeth Whitfield said, "Being a torchbearer school is an honor and we are working hard to keep it."

Cloverdale's torchbearer status allows them to get money to purchase things like computers that will help with student achievement.

"If they don't know a school, we put them in small groups or [as] individual and teach them," Whitfield added.

By teaching students until they master a skill, Cloverdale is seeing a tremendous increase in student test scores, enough so that they could be chosen again this year to receive the honor.

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