GREENWOOD — Brewer Middle School students shared their talents with members of the Greenwood School District 50 Board of Trustees during the monthly “Learning Over Lunch” program at the school.
Superintendent Dr. Darrell Johnson said the program was the brainchild of Board Chairman Shell Dula and is designed to get board members into the schools and experience students’ talent first-hand, as well as witness the efforts of faculty and staff members.
“We had been inviting schools to come to board meetings, but time didn’t allow for students to participate as much as we’d like,” Johnson said. “We decided to have the ‘Learning Over Lunch’ program that allows the board members to visit all the schools in the district and allow the students and teachers to share in an environment that’s more comfortable for them.”
The programs are scheduled on the Tuesday following the monthly board meetings.
Brewer Middle Principal Chad Evans welcomed the board to campus Tuesday. After the presentation, Evans said programs like these give students “ownership” of the school and its endeavors. “It’s good for them to present their talents in front of people,” he said. “We have a wonderful group of students and teachers and they work well together.”
The Eighth Grade Voice Focus presented a selection from “Les Miserables” for board members as an example of musical theater, while Kameron Edge talked about the Informational Book Pass. Josh Guillebeaux and Griffin Gurley presented “A Community of One,” while Ashlea Willis did a presentation concerning “Integrating the Arts. Jasmine Wells, Bailey Durham and Vivian Poroj did a presentation on “21st Century Learners.”
Many of the students were accompanied by video presentations that were put together using the latest technology.
“I think the board appreciates the work and effort by the students and teachers to put these presentations together,” Evans said. “It gives (the board) the opportunity to see what they’re supporting through their work on the school board.”
Dula said programs like those presented Tuesday are a point of pride for the district.
“We’re certainly very proud of our ACTS program and other programs like it throughout the district,” he said. “They give students a great opportunity to reach their full potential and be the best they can be, which is what education is all about.”