Visiting old friends
Ostensibly, my reason for tagging along with the middle school dance and drama group that visited Prairie Creek on Tuesday was to pass on enrollment information to fifth graders who might be interested in the ARTech program next year. Really though, I just like any excuse to visit old friends at our neighboring charter school, where I spent six happy years as a teacher.
It was fun to be out there again, and amazing to see the building project in process. Prairie Creek plans to add 60 places to it’s program this coming fall. It’s quite a project, and exciting for everyone involved with the school. There’s a super letter to the editor about the Prairie Creek expansion, and the growth of the charter school movement in general, in today’s Northfield News
It was a pleasure to watch the middle school students reprise their Arts for Martin performance of “The Sneetches” and see the dance routines created under the guidance of Charisse. The ARTech kids performed to a captive audience of K-5 students. Bob led a question and answer session afterwards that prompted the usual plethera of excellent, honest and occasionally bizarre inquiries from our young friends. I think they particularly enjoyed the presence of several Prairie Creek alumni in the dance group.
At the end, I was given the privilege of a few minutes to chat to the Prairie Creek audience. I told them how wonderful it was to see so many old Prairie Creek friends in my new position at ARTech. They were pretty amazed to hear how one of my first students at Prairie Creek, Tokala, is in the high school at ARTech and is now taller than I am!
Of course, I also took the opportunity to check in with the fifth graders and pass out application forms and information about our upcoming Open House. Please help us spread the word, ARTech will host an Open House for all prospective students on Sunday, March 8, 2 – 4PM.
If any Prairie Creek staff are reading this, thanks for welcoming us into your school, and I’m sorry for abandoning my empty coffee mug somewhere in the gym. Old habits die hard, I guess…