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Monday, June 2, 2014

St. Paschal Baylon students learn more about classic literature wtih Great Lakes Theater

Students at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School in Highland Heights learned more about classic literature in a creative way.
Members from Great Lakes Theater came to the school from May 27 through May 30 for the Great Lakes Theater Company Residency Program.
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Saint Paschal Baylon fourth grade students (starting at the back left): Aaron Conrad, Andrew Majernik, Rachael Ina, Juliana Scaffidi, Chinedu Obi, Ayrin Hajrullahi, and Great Lakes actor - teacher Katelyn Cornelius,  preparing for Pandora's Box.

This is the second year students from St. Paschal Baylon, from kindergarten through eight grade, were able to participate in this program.
Actor-teachers and students participated in lessons that improvised, discussed and performed scenes from iconic pieces of literature.
According to a news release from the school, "This small-group instruction benefits the children’s education and development in five general areas: physical development/kinesthetic skills, artistic development/drama and theater skills, mental development/thinking skills, personal development/intra-personal skills and social development/interpersonal skills. In addition, students increase self-confidence and improve public speaking skills."
The Great Lakes Theater Company Residency Program has been engaging students with hands-on activities to further learning for over 30 years.  

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Kindergarteners from Saint Paschal Baylon (left to right):  Angela Basic, Great Lakes actor-teacher Tim Keo , Luke Carlton, and Andrew Metz, visualizing a scene from The Snowy Day.

All information, photos and captions are from St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School.