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Early Start/Early Childhood Education Division Wide Art Show

Suffolk Public Schools in Suffolk, VA proudly announces the upcoming presentation of its second annual Division Wide Early Start/Early Childhood Education Art Show. This collaborative event, organized by the Early Childhood and Fine and Performing Arts Departments, will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 9 AM to 12 PM at John Yeates Middle School.

Representatives from all eleven (11) elementary schools within the division will showcase the artistic talents of over six hundred (600) students enrolled in the preschool public program. The gymnasium and commons area of John Yeates Middle School will serve as the vibrant backdrop for the exhibition, where each participating student will have two (2) selections on display. These selections, derived from integrative lessons, will feature the children's creativity in holistic learning, culminating in the creation of self-portraits.

Mrs. Stacie Prine, Early Childhood Specialist, emphasized the pivotal role of art in early childhood development, stating, "In early childhood, art is instrumental in fostering children's development. Activities such as drawing, painting, and sculpting not only nurture their imagination but also enhance fine motor skills crucial for tasks like writing. Engaging in artistic endeavors promotes cognitive growth, as children make decisions about colors, shapes, and materials. Furthermore, art serves as a platform for language development, enabling children to express their thoughts and feelings about their creations. Art in our early childhood classes enriches learning experiences and lays the foundation for well-rounded development, preparing children for future success."

Dr. Joleen Neighbours, Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts, highlighted the significance of arts education in providing a well-rounded learning experience for Suffolk students. "A true well-rounded education allows children the opportunity to be creative and express themselves. Arts education enables children to showcase their learning, playing a vital role in whole-child education. Music, art, dance, and play engage children's senses and support cognitive, socio-emotional, and multisensory skills. It aligns with the 5 C's of 21st Century Learning, but most importantly, it's enjoyable and makes learning a fun experience," Dr. Neighbours concluded.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Prine or Dr. Neighbours at 757.925.6750 or or  


Please see attached flyer and pictures.

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