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Chad Abshire

Staff Writer

CHARLESTON — Hundreds of West Virginia students took to the stage Wednesday morning at Charleston’s Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences to perform as part of the Student-Centered Arts Learning Environment Project (SCALE) Project.

A collaboration between the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, the SCALE Project encourages public school teachers to explore an arts-integrated approach.

Burch Elementary and Dingess Elementary were among a number of SCALE elementary schools across the state for the 2012-2013 school year.

This year’s program focused on Little Red Riding Hood and lead up to the concert performance of a work by Grant Cooper called, “Boyz in the Wood.”

An arts-integrated learning model incorporates arts learning in creative ways into the existing curriculum and brings everything together with creative thematic threads. The model runs through all classes and connects schoolwork with everyday life.

“Arts integration is a way to encourage students to make the critical link between learning a subject and recognizing what that knowledge can mean to them in their lives outside of the classroom,” West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple said. “We are excited that the project’s scope has been expanded to include specific ties to Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives.”

Other schools included: Ansted Elementary, Fayette County; Brookview Elementary, Boone County; Guyandotte Elementary and Culloden Elementary, Cabell County; Lizemore Elementary, Clay County; Doddridge Elementary, Doddridge County; Romney Elementary, Hampshire County; Watts Elementary and Weimer Elementary, Kanawha County; Geary Elementary, Roane County; Poca Elementary, Putnam County; and Spencer Elementary and Walton Elementary, Roane County.

Additional schools, not part of the SCALE Project, in Kanawha, Brooke, Summers and Wood counties also participated in Wednesday’s event.

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