Northwood Arts and Science Academy becomes a reality

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM.

Crestview native Penni Byrd continued the program.

Her second-grade students demonstrated instrumental and vocal skills as they performed "Rain," a piece incorporating African drums, rain sticks, xylophones and other percussion instruments, at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce’s March breakfast.

Students provided musical and vocal accompaniment to Byrd's reading of the Lisa Wheeler children’s book, “Ugly Pie.”

"We have a lot of parents in Okaloosa County who don't realize the impact that having an arts program makes, keeping their kids engaged at school," Blackburn said. "We have great music programs in our (middle and high) schools, and I think we could have even better ones if we could just catch them at a young age.

“That's why it's important to get the arts going at a young age and foster that love."

Want to help?

Northwood Arts and Science Academy’s next organizational meeting is 6 p.m. April 11 in the Northwood Elementary School art room. Contact Principal Jacqueline Craig for more information, 689-7252.

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