Local Schools Make an “ArtSplash” in Grant Program
ArtSplash, the annual arts and entertainment festival in Carlsbad, is well known for its dazzling visual display of art in all media, from chalk to sand and everything in between, as well as live music and hands-on activities. But another important component of ArtSplash is its grant program that helps fund music and art education in North County schools. Among this year’s 16 recipient schools are two from Encinitas: Ocean Knoll Elementary, where teacher Leighanne Twaddle was awarded $460 for the Dolphin Sounds chorus, and El Camino Creek Elementary, where Tammy Atherton will oversee the creation of a mosaic on campus thanks to a $500 grant. ArtSplash takes place this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 24-25 along Armada Drive (between Cannon and Palomar Airport roads), Carlsbad. Admission is free. For more information, call 760-436-2828 or go to carlsbadartsplash.org.
In Good Health
Arts education isn’t the only area where Ocean Knoll and El Camino Creek students are keeping busy. Both schools have active health initiatives for their student bodies. At Ocean Knoll, families can get a workout in before class with options such as yoga and running/walking on the school track as part of the Wellness Program. El Camino Creek kicks it into gear next week when its Running Club starts up for the school year. Students and family members run a roughly 1.5-mile course on the trails near the campus after school each week.
In the Swim of It
Two La Costa Canyon High School students have earned spots on swimming’s National Junior Team. Kendyl Stewart qualified in the 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly, and Jameson Lyon qualified for the 1,500-meter free. Both students made the team during the Conoco Phillips National Championships at Stanford University, and will compete in the 2012 Olympic trials.
Strike Up the Band
The Encinitas Union School District’s band and string music program for third- through sixth-graders celebrates its 10th anniversary this school year. Parents interested in learning more about the ensembles can come to the Sept. 7 information night, which includes a performance and the chance to register children for the program. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room at La Costa Heights Elementary, 3035 Levante St., Carlsbad. For more information, contact band director Mickey Janelli at 760-639-1616.
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