Eight schools awarded grants

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH)– Eight schools in the state have received grants for arts education.

In a press release from Governor Malloy’s office, the grants are designed to strengthen the teaching of arts through partnerships with schools and arts organizations.

“This program expands the way the arts and humanities are taught in schools and school districts across Connecticut by giving our students access to a learning environment outside of the traditional academic setting,” said Governor Malloy.

According to the release, 82 schools applied for the grants. The eights schools that won the grants are the Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport, Jack Jackter Intermediate School in Colchester, the Coventry Public Schools system, Farmington High School, Martin Elementary School in Manchester, John Lyman School in Middlefield, Newtown High School, and the Waterbury Public Schools.

“The arts are an essential component of a well-rounded education,” Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor said. “The demand for these grants was high and we were thrilled to receive so many thoughtful applications. Through partnerships with local and statewide arts organizations and institutions, schools will be able to offer stronger arts programming that will enhance our youngsters’ learning experiences.”

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