About 275 gifted and talented students participated in the summer Xanadu Gifted and Talented Summer program, which concluded with a performance Thursday at Maynard H. Jackson High. The four-week summer enrichment program offers APS elementary students a chance to express themselves in classes that incorporate math and science as well as creativity.
A partnership with the Center for Puppetry for Puppetry Arts and the Woodruff Arts Center, the program also serves as hands-on training for gifted-endorsement candidates. Initially, these APS educators observe gifted and talented teachers in action. Then they spread their wings, providing instruction during creative courses such as “The Mad Scientist Club,” “Extreme Experiments” or cooking classes that incorporate math and science. In one session, professional pilots assisted students with a flight simulator.
“We believe in developing the whole child,” said program coordinator Diana Luckett between student performances on Thursday. “It is so important for our children to have this opportunity.”
APS teacher and parent Dionne Foy also is a fan of the program. Her son Trenton, 7, got to sing in the program this summer, she said. But he hopes to join the drum line next time around.
“This program gives kids exposure to so many skills, and helps them remain focused on education.”
Check out photos from the “Night at the Xanadu Museum” performance.