Foothills Elem. stu­dents show­case vi­o­lin, ball­room dance

Serve Daily - - MERIT ACADEMY - By Lana Hiskey

Stu­dents and staff from Foothills Ele­men­tary School in Salem re­cently show­cased some of the pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing at the school for mem­bers of the Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“I am so blessed and priv­i­leged to work with great peo­ple at Foothills. There would never be enough time to share all the great things teach­ers, staff and par­ents are do­ing ev­ery day to help stu­dents, so I de­cided to fo­cus on two that show how act­ing on a pas­sion can pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to stretch them­selves in ways they never imag­ined,” said Foothills Prin­ci­pal Keri Hunts­man.

“Mrs. Roberts is an ac­com­plished vi­o­lin­ist and acted on a de­sire to use vi­o­lins to help teach her stu­dents,” Hunts­man said. “Through gen­er­ous grants, in­clud­ing the Nebo Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, Mrs. Roberts was able to pur­chase a vi­o­lin for each stu­dent. The stu­dents play for a few min­utes each day.” The arts are a crit­i­cal part of ed­u­ca­tion. Foothills teacher Pamela Roberts said, “My third-grade class loves to play the vi­o­lin. Know­ing that they get to do some­thing that they love each day mo­ti­vates ev­ery stu­dent to come to school.”

Hunts­man in­tro­duced An­gela Lowe, a par­ent who is new to Foothills this year. “Angie came to me last year when they knew they were mov­ing into the area and asked about start­ing a ball­room dance pro­gram. Af­ter do­ing some re­search and at­tend­ing a com­pe­ti­tion, I de­cided to give it a try,” Hunts­man said. “Angie teaches two classes, one for fourth-graders to learn the be­gin­ning dance prin­ci­ples and steps. She teaches an­other class for fifth- and sixth-graders to pre­pare them to com­pete.”

The Nebo board was en­chanted with stu­dents per­form­ing ball­room dance at the ele­men­tary level. Angie Lowe has ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of ball­room tech­nique. Her ob­jec­tive for her stu­dents is to teach them far be­yond steps and mu­sic. The goal of the pro­gram at Foothills is to pro­vide so­cial dance in­struc­tion for chil­dren in a pos­i­tive, friendly and fun at­mos­phere. She be­lieves this type of in­struc­tion builds self-es­teem and con­fi­dence. Through part­nered ball­room dance move­ment, chil­dren learn mu­tual re­spect and so­cial skills use­ful through­out their lives. The stu­dents com­peted against other ele­men­tary schools at Tim­pano­gos High School on Jan. 21, with the two teams tak­ing Gold and Sil­ver. The tro­phies are al­most as tall as the stu­dents. Lowe is most proud of the stu­dents win­ning the Sports­man­ship Award. She said, “They were one of the most re­spect­ful kids there. I had so many par­ents from other schools com­pli­ment them be­cause of it.'

Stu­dents from Foothills Ele­men­tary School show off the dance skills learned in their school’s ball­room dance pro­gram dur­ing a meet­ing of the Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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