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Wrapping Up the School Year in Del Valle

by Natalie Goodnow, Artistic Associate
This May, we concluded our first year of after-school programming in Del Valle ISD. We are so pleased and so proud of our collaboration with the new ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) programs in the district!

I have the great pleasure of working with our Del Valle elementary school campuses and teaching artists as a team lead; here are some of the highlights we saw as students and Teaching Artists (“TA’s”) shared their work with their communities this spring.

Hillcrest Elementary
TA’s Peter Mendoza and Claire Augustine’s students shared poems and visions of peace at Poetry for Peace Night.

Baty Elementary
With TA’s Irina Kaplan and Jean Claude Lessou, students wowed parents with a super scary zombie dance!

Popham Elementary
Students exploring stories with TA’s Ben Schave and Diana Leon in our Storybook Theatre curriculum shared artwork, original scenes, and favorite games with their families and friends.

Smith Elementary
One of Lillie Hollingsworth’s (TA) classes showed a trailer for their original movie, “Zombie Girl,” and the other two performed their original play “Kai the Lion,” about a lion with a blue mane who isn’t accepted because his friends because he’s different. Keep an eye out for Lillie’s film about the class!

Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary
TA Stephanie Chavez’ younger students performed a narrative pantomime based on the book “Super Cilantro Girl” (one of my favorite stories!), her older students performed their very own play, as did Lucy Miller-Downing’s (TA) fabulous 2nd and 3rd graders, all Hollywood-bound! TA Frank Nappi’s classes shared some of the stories they’ve read and masks and costumes they’ve created this year.

Del Valle Elementary
A TAPstravaganza! One of TA Mitch Bowman’s classes of students displayed their artwork in their very own gallery, including a sound and light installation. Another class gave a drum performance, while the other two showed fantastic films. One of Lillie Hollingsworth’s classes also showed two films, and the other shared three dances – all created by the students!

Creedmoor Elementary
Lindsay Palmer’s (TA) students shared their original puppet creations, and Kate Shaw’s (TA) saw the debut of their original play. At the end of the event, several students took the microphone to talk about the ACE program; one said,

“Thank you so much for having this program. We learned so many things we never learned before. This is the most fun I ever had in my whole life!”

Wow, can you believe all the things we created in Del Valle this year! And that’s just in one of the six area public school districts we work with! And now, we’re already beginning our summer program. I can’t wait to see what our students and Teaching Artists cook up next! Are you a TAP student, teacher, parent, or principal at Del Valle? Let me know how your year went. I’d love to chat with you and get your perspective on the year.

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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