Lions' Digest Winter Issue 03 2020

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Ever since last March, fully remote and hybrid

school learning plans have thrown many

cancellations and roadblocks our way, but thanks

to you, our students, we ‘virtually’ found new

ways to carry on. When classes started this fall,

I asked my ARTsmART students to sum up

how the pandemic has affected their art form of

choice. I was surprised by the positivity shared

in response. So many students talked about the

‘new’ ways we found to not just share, but produce

performances and gallery tours online. Words like:

creative, innovative, grateful, and enlightening were

shared. Last spring, Thespians, while sad about the

cancellation of our spring musical, set aside that

disappointment to focus on a virtually produced

online Cabaret. We stayed connected by setting up

Zoom meetings and online events and activities.

We found new ways of doing things ‘together.’ This

August, students came with experience and ideas.

Teachers sought out summer workshops and ideas

as well. By putting all of our collective creativity

together we are not only sharing our art forms,

but producing new works we would not even have

considered in the past. We are coming up with

ways to include everyone, hybrid, fully remote, and

virtual. We are staying involved and learning and

creating together. While nothing is the same, new

and different is filling the gap with new challenges

and opening doors we never thought about

entering before. Our community connections are

strong and getting stronger and we are finding

that by working together, we can do so much more

than we initially thought possible. Congratulations

State High. You are amazing!

“IT’S NOT WHAT YOU

CAN’T DO, IT’S ‘HOW CAN

CREATIVE WORK-AROUNDS

OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW

WORLD?’”

Jill Campbell

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