Warren schools leader reviews Kennedy Center-affiliated arts program


The schools superintendent and others provided an update Tuesday on Any Given Child, the Warren school district’s Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts-created program to improve arts education. The center is in Washington, D.C.

Any Given Child uses existing arts programs and works with area arts organizations, Warren Superintendent Steve Chiaro said during the presentation at the Lincoln Pre-kindergarten to Grade-8 school.

U.S. Rep Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, who has participated directly in programs in the school district, said Any Given Child brings joy to children and helps them deal with challenges.

Ryan said what he likes about Any Given Child is that it allows children to explore what makes them unique.

In the arts, “they walk their own path and go through their own door and have their own interest.”

He said: “Certain things excite them that may not excite me or may not excite you. And when you cut out our music and dance and theater, you’re cutting out a kid’s opportunity to thrive.”

Chiaro listed some activities that have been done as part of Any Given Child since implementation began at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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