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Miller Elementary PTA Receives Spotlight Award in Student Achievement for Volunteer Art Program



Miller Elementary PTA receives Spotlight Award at Annual California PTA Convention. From left to right: Kathleen Jones, art docent; Denae Senise, art docent; Justine Fisher, California PTA presi­dent; Marty Hranek, principal.

Miller Elementary PTA receives Spotlight Award at Annual California PTA Convention. From left to right: Kathleen Jones, art docent; Denae Senise, art docent; Justine Fisher, California PTA presi­dent; Marty Hranek, principal.

On May 7, 2016, the Miller Elementary School PTA was presented with the Spotlight Award in Student Achievement for the school’s PTA Volunteer Art Program at an award cer­emony at the annual statewide California PTA Convention held in San Diego.

Through monthly lessons in the classroom, the Miller Ele­mentary School PTA Volunteer Art Program introduces stu­dents in kindergarten through fifth grade to art history and art techniques. PTA members cre­ate the monthly curriculum to align with the California Visual Arts Standards. Because the school does not staff an art teacher, volunteers serve as art docents, providing lessons directly to students. Stu­dent work is regularly displayed throughout the school, creating enthusiasm and excite­ment for the visual arts.

“The art program at our school is truly the best I’ve seen in my 26 years in education,” said Miller Elementary School Principal Marty Hranek. “The PTA coordinators not only en­sure every student receives a well-designed, thematic, fine art lesson each month, but they enhance the lessons with grade appropriate art history as well.”

The California State PTA Spotlight Awards were created to recognize and share PTA units’ special programs. PTA units recognized with Spotlight Awards receive two paid regis­trations to the annual convention, a $100 gift certificate for use at the convention PTA Store, and on-stage recog­nition at the convention.


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