“And above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Ronald Dahl
I have spent the majority of my summer in a place where magic happens and children come to watch a story unfold with wonder. I am so proud to be a part of the amazing cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Trollwood Performing Arts School. Trollwood is a testament to the commitment Fargo Public Schools has to the community and the Arts. Students and staff from all over the country collaborate, with the common goal of creating a show that entertains and inspires audiences.
Trollwood Performing Arts School is tucked into the trees and nestled up to the Red River, where Fargo, North Dakota meets Moorhead, Minnesota. It is an outdoor theatre, designed to inspire creativity. It has an enrollment of about 750 students, including each of its programs. The main stage musical will host audiences of over 2,000 each night, for the two weeks in July, when the musical plays. The community support for this program is truly inspiring and the volunteers make it all possible. The commitment of the students and staff is truly amazing. Trollwood is a North Dakota gem and home to some of the most beautiful sunsets that you can imagine.
It is programs like this that make me determined to share my platform music education. In a time where funding for education is being cut, I think we cannot underestimate the value of music and the arts programs like this, across the country. There is no better investment for our future, than the education of our children. Why Support Music Education? Studies show that music education: Engages the entire brain, Increases reading and verbal skills, Improves mathematical and spatial reasoning, Improves memory and increases language development, and improves students’ ability to manage anxiety. Additionally, studies show that students participate in music programs score about 20% higher on standardized tests in reading and math.
Please support your local music and arts programs. These programs are a vital part of the future of education. This is an amazing your investment of time, energy and money. If you have the opportunity to visit Trollwood, please by all means, be our guest!
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them-a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”
-President Gerald Ford
Miss Teen North Dakota International 2017