Nov. 18, 2020 --
When elementary age children have been sitting in front of a computer screen all day, what better way to get them engaged and moving again than dancing? That is exactly what the 45 students who attend Right at School at the Wiley campus had the chance to do for one week in November.
Right at School, the company that runs the District’s after-care programming
, is currently providing in-person support to 45 elementary students from all seven buildings at the Wiley campus. The students spend their entire school day there with supervised child care workers who help them with their remote schooling, provide breakfast, lunch and snacks, and organize safe activities for the after school hours.
Thanks to funding from the Center for Arts Inspired Learning, who has long partnered with the Noble STREAM program, area non-profit Dancing Wheels provided daily dance instruction to K-2nd graders and 3rd-5th graders for 45 minutes to an hour each day. Dancing Wheels will return for another week in December.
When Michele James, the Area Manager for Right at School, was given the choice of which arts related activity to offer to the children in her care, the choice was easy. “Oh my gosh, these kids want to dance,” she told Supervisor of Community and School Partnerships Nancy Peppler. “They love dance, they want to move.”