Arts in the Wiseburn School District

Superintendent, Tom Johnstone, Founder and Executive Director of Dream A World, Bunny Hull and Margaret Lynch, Principal of Juan Cabrillo Elementary help to dedicate The Friendship Tree at Secrets Of The Heart Culmination

Hawthorne, California –  The Wiseburn District is a small district of exceptional schools just outside the greater Los Angeles area.  Recently Dream A World Education conducted the Secrets of the Heart residency program for one hundred seventy kindergarten students at Juan Cabrillo Elementary in this district.  Here’s what the superintendent of Wiseburn had to say:

“Yesterday was a wonderful day for Cabrillo School.  I just love to watch teacher/artists do the magic that they do and how they engage our kids in something so meaningful.  When you can captivate 90 kindergarteners for 45 minutes, you know that you are right on target.  What you did over the past 6 weeks is something that will permanently be a part of our students and is something that they, their teachers and parents will never forget.  It actually brought tears to my eyes.  Thank you for this wonderful gift and it would be an honor to bring you back next year and  continue to be an integral part of the magic of Dream a World!  You do awesome work!

Secrets of the Heart was a tremendous addition to our Kindergarten Visual and Performing Arts Program. The enthusiasm, engagement and smiles on the faces of our students, teachers, parents and family members tell the whole story.  Especially at Cabrillo, where more than a third of the students are English learners, Secrets of the Heart instilled a sense of confidence in our students and even the most timid and insecure English learners were fully engaged and thriving.  Secrets of the Heart does an amazing job of integrating and interweaving the arts with language arts, vocabulary, and geography.  I am certain that much of the growth that our Cabrillo students are making is due to the integration of English language development and the arts. The quality of the artists in Secrets of the Heart is exceptional and the kindergarten performances were the best that I have ever seen.  Every kindergartener at every school should be so fortunate to experience Secrets of the Heart. Thank you!!!”

Dr. Tom Johnstone, Superintendent Wiseburn School District


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