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September 16, 2019

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The arts take center stage at local elementary school

"Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" has nothing on James Gibson Elementary school students.

On Thursday, the school will host its ninth-annual Art Smart-A-Thon which includes students from the third, fourth and fifth grades.

The competition, set up like a spelling bee, is a year-long process in which all Gibson students study significant artists and the time periods from which they practiced. Students are quizzed throughout the year and by the end of the school year, all third-, fourth- and fifth-graders compete to become a contestant in the Art Smart-A-Thon. The top seven students of the competition win a trip in a limousine to an art museum with their art teacher.

The goal of the art smart program at Gibson is to produce students, who by the third grade, possess a certain knowledge and appreciation for the arts.

According to Assistant Principal Ben Day, by the end of the program, students "have learned valuable lessons and discovered artists whose work they will treasure for the rest of their lives."

Gibson Elementary invites all parents and community members to come support the students at 1 p.m. inside the multi-purpose room. Gibson Elementary is located at 271 Leisure Circle in Henderson.

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