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CCSD Schools Earns State Award for Excellence in Arts Education

CCSD Schools Earns State Award for Excellence in Arts Education

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has earned a top state award for excellence in arts education!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy has won the Georgia Department of Education’s Creative School Arts Integration School of Excellence Award.  The award recognizes outstanding integrated use of the arts to teach across all subjects.

“At Hasty, all students have access to arts integration in every subject and there are both rigor and relevance in the arts integration programming,” said Jessica Booth, fine arts program manager for the Georgia DOE.  “In addition, arts integration professional development is ongoing, the program is well organized and the school involves the community in the arts.”  

To earn the honor, schools must submit detailed and specific evidence that demonstrates how it uses the arts to teach across the curriculum, as well as how teachers are trained to teach in this style and how the community is engaged in the school’s creative programs.  Hasty is led by Principal Dr. Maria Rosario-Regan, and she will receive a Creative School Award post sign to install on the campus.  

“Congratulations to the entire Hasty community for achieving this prestigious recognition of your dedication to the arts,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “You have created a model as to how the arts can make all academic learning more engaging for students.  I know that the community also looks forward to seeing Hasty students’ outstanding exhibits and performances at school and the Canton Theatre.  Thank you to all of the teachers, support staff and leaders and all the parents, volunteers and business and community partners who together made this award possible.”