This weekend, The Bean participated in her school musical, A Christmas Carol. The teachers, volunteers, musicians, cast, and crew all did a fantastic job. The time, effort, and dedication paid off, and most importantly, the kids looked like they were having an amazing time. We went to all three performances, and each time I felt that it was better than the last performance.
I am a huge advocate for the arts. Do I believe every student has what it takes to be a Broadway star, a famous artist, or a professional singer? The answer is no, but just like athletics, the arts help create well-rounded individuals, open doors to untapped talents, give support, focus, and growth to young people who may not have positive channels for their energies. Participating in the arts gives young people an outlet, helps them to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. The arts introduce kids to thoughts, ideas, and perspectives they may not otherwise have discovered.
Jordan loved being part of the cast. She made new friends spanning grade levels and felt a sense of belonging that is so important for young people. She enjoyed the kids she worked with and understood how important her role was to the collective. She was part of the dance ensemble, which is a minor role, but it takes everyone to pull off a production and live performance. She felt a sense of commitment and responsibility to be present, do her best, and support others. It was a wonderful learning experience for her, and I am so proud of her.
I appreciate the opportunity the arts program at her school has given her to expand her experiences, build her self-confidence, and make new friends not on a playing field but on a stage. Please support the local arts programs in your community and your schools. Not every child is an athlete, and the skills, experiences, and opportunities are invaluable. As always, dear reader, stay safe, be smart, support the arts, and keep washing your hands.