Wheeling Country Day School Students Use Art To Learn About History

Photo by Scott McCloskey Wheeling Country Day School students watch a performance by Attack Theatre professional dancers in the school gymnasium last week.

Teachers at Wheeling Country Day School inspired their fourth grade students to learn about the Underground Railroad through movement and poetry.

Working with professional dancers with Attack Theatre of Pittsburgh in a ten-week residency, the students focused on abstract reasoning and thinking, as well as the historical and contemporary relevance of the Underground Railroad through a series of ten kinesthetic workshops. Choosing an object to symbolize the journey through the underground railroad, students brought that object to life in word and motion through poetry and dance.

Last week they demonstrated their learning alongside the professional dancers from Attack Theatre, made possible by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

“The synergy between WCDS teachers, the Attack professionals and the ten-year-olds was nothing short of inspiring. I feel blessed that Attack Theater chose to work with our children in this pilot project of learning through motion. It was a true exhibition of learning outside of the box and illustrates what is possible when we support creativity and believe in a child’s heart and empathy,” said Liz Hofreuter, Head of School at WCDS.

Prior to the performance, Michelle De La Ruza, Attack Theater’s Co-Artistic Director, presented an interactive workshop for teachers and parents on learning through motion.

The performance was Wheeling Country Day’s second event scheduled as part of Remake Learning Days. On May 10, fifth-grade students launched a weather balloon to exhibit their learning over a ten-week science project.

Remake Learning Days Across America is a celebration of innovative experiences and opportunities for youth to develop their sense of creativity, perseverance and curiosity. Remake Learning Days is a festival of events hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, after school organizations, early child care centers, universities, media centers, tech startups and more.

Events are organized by different learning themes such as: arts, maker, outdoor learning, science, technology and youth voice.

RLDAA is co-hosted by Remake Learning, PBS and Digital Promise along with many partners and host organizations in the six regions throughout Pennsylvania, West Virgina, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Illinois.


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