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San Juan Unified Students Express Creativity at Arts Explosion Summer Camp
San Juan Unified students enrolled in the annual Arts Explosion Creativity Summer Camp spent a whole week in June preparing for a showcase honoring the work of Shel Silverstein-- an American writer known for his cartoons, songs and children’s books.
“Hearing my two girls come home with stories about the different activities and the excitement they have is the best thing,” said Tresa Imahara, a parent and speech pathologist at Albert Schweitzer Elementary School. “My daughters were too shy and nervous to be on stage so this has been a great opportunity for them to be in a theater program but in a smaller group.”
The camp was hosted at Albert Schweitzer by the San Juan Unified Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department and allowed 47 students grade 1-6 to enjoy a fun-filled week of music, dancing and theater. This year transportation was provided to allow students from across the district easier access to participate.
Students were grouped by grade level and performed songs like Boa Constrictor and poems from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” for their families. On top of performances, families were given the opportunity to view art made by the students, ranging from paintings to ceramics. The big finale was a performance of Louis Armstong’s famous song “What a Wonderful World.”
According to Laurel Lyda, a now-retired program specialist for VAPA and supervisor for Art Explosion, the camp is a way for students to have full exposure to the arts every day, whether it be music, dance, art or drama.
Schweitzer Wins at 2019 SEVA Awards
On May 5th, 2019, Schweitzer Elementary students attended the 30th Annual SEVA awards at Sacramento State University. The SEVA’s are put on by SECC (Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium). It gives students from grades K-12 the opportunity to showcase their abilities to make digital media projects and win awards. It’s like the Oscars for students. Students got to walk the Red carpet and get interviewed about their video. Schweitzer entered the Grade 4-6 PSA category. Schweitzer won the SEVA with their video Just Be You. The video is about parts of yourself that you may not like, skin color, nose, freckles, etc, however, we should celebrate differences and just be ourselves. It was a powerful message that resonated with people.
This was the first year Schweitzer had entered the SEVAs. Congratulations to all the students and 5th Grade teacher Mr. Fanchar!
Click here to view the Schweitzer SEVA Winning Entry