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By Marc Lutz 

Art program seeks to raise confidence, bolster curriculum through creativity


January 13, 2022

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Long-term substitute teacher Tracey Martin, left, and assistant principal Jenn Miller-Yancey instruct fifth grade students last Friday in an art project that incorporates four positive attributes about themselves. The art program was created by Tawney Crowley with Miller-Yancey and utilizes social-emotional learning.

A schoolwide art program at Evergreen Elementary began at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year by drawing out confidence in the student body.

Developed over the summer by Tawney Crowley, the social-emotional learning model helps kids from kindergarten through fifth grade express themselves, even if it's a struggle.

"Between Jenn Miller-Yancey and I, we both since the summer knew we wanted to do more than just arts and crafts," Crowley said. "We definitely shared this vision that everybody has this ability to create inside them."

Crowley, a local artist, often uses herself as an exampl...

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