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things like grades, athleticism and popularity don’t matter. These things are thrown out of the window and all students and teachers are on a level playing field.” T isino said at the beginning of the year he laid out three r ules for the students: Give 100 percent, respect one another and never give up. This recipe for success applies to each individual student, even those who may have not wanted to par ticipate at the beginning of the year. Not one student is to be ignored, Tisino said. “Our technique is to make sure ever y child feels impor tant, that each child shines, said Tisino, who notes this year’s group of four thgraders are extremely energetic. “This is an outlet for expression and discovery.” Audrey Poindexter, lead four th-grade teacher who has been involved with NC AIA for four years, said NC AIA allows the quiet kid to stand out. “There is a huge refugee population at FPG, especially from Thailand,” said Poindexter. “Dancing and creating art does not involve language. The program allows these kids to feel successful and for once they don’t have to speak English in order to keep up.” Students represent more than 30 cultures at FPG. Poindexter said those who may suffer academically begin to improve in school once they begin par ticipating in the

Frank Porter Graham Elementary  4th grade student’s Taylor Gwynne as “Kimmy Cole” performs  in the play “A Beautiful Place : The Story of the Green City”  Wednesday March 14, 2012, at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School. Wednesday, one-hour NC AIA practices during the school day. “One of the reasons FPG pushes NC AIA to come ever y year is that you don’t have to be the per fect student to succeed in this program,” said Poindexter, who noted that attendance on Wednesday is almost always close to perfect. In addition, Poindexter said the confidence students learn through NC AIA translates into a student’s performance in the classroom and relationships with other students. The program said 96 percent of students sur veyed believe these programs improved their self-confidence and selfwork. “There is a child in my class who at the beginning of the year, felt bullied and did not think he could do anything right,” said Poindexter. “Then NC AIA came and noticed how good of a dancer he is. They told him to put all of his energy into dancing. Now, he’s so happy and realizes he is talented. He’s not worried about being bullied anymore and smiles when his classmates encourage him.” Each year, NC AIA and FPG four th-grade teachers collaborate to pick a theme for the perfor mance. The theme coincides with four th grade learning curriculum. This year’s theme tackled the idea of environmental issues and sustainability. This year’s per formance was titled “A Beautiful Place: The Story of the Green City,” and told the stor y of a city that was destroyed by pollution. Through song, dance, and unique movements, students and teachers worked to clean up the beautiful city that was destroyed by a factory and “Kimmy Cole,” played by fourthgrade student Taylor Gwynne, whose character name is a play off the word “chemical.” The show “celebrated the environment with a satirical tale of a quirky community that lear ns valuable lessons of loving and respecting the place in which we live,” said Kathy Ir vin, public r e l a t i o n s r e p r e s e n t ative for the event. The students per formed at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for their classmates in other grade levels and at 6:30 p.m. for their friends and families, who worked to raise all of the money needed to execute the show. Students celebrated a successful show with cake and juice, running and jumping in excitement after the evening performance. Student and teachers ended the per formance singing “The world is a beautiful place. We have to help one another. In the City of Green we believe in love.” After learning about pollution, recycling, preser ving the environment and the Environmental Protection Agency and sustainability, students blew kisses to the audience with a movie star goodbye as they called it. Rachel Graul, a 10-year-old four thgrade dancer, said participating taught her it’s her job to protect the Ear th, and each person must pitch in to keep

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it beautiful. “Alton taught us in a great way, one step at a time,” Rachel said. “We were never embarrassed if we messed up a move or step. The teachers would fix our mistakes in a fun way. They taught us to not be scared and told us that we could do it.” We a r i n g a f l o w e r headband she and her mother made especially for the show, Rachel said she is sad her time with NC AIA is up. At the beginning of the year, Rachel would have been like current four th grade student Sara Schaecher. “When Sara jumped of f the bus the last day of third grade, she ran and yelled, ‘Mom, mom, I’m finally in the fourth grade,” Laurie Schaecher told Van Deman after the show. “Sara said, ‘I can finally do Ar ts in Action.’” And 18 years ago, T isino was just like Rachel and Sara. It was when Tisinio was in the four th grade and participated in a similar AIA af filiate program in his home state of Texas. There, having no previous dance or perfor mance experience, he fell in love with AIA and its mission, working under AIA’s founder, Jacques d’Amboise, former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. “I’m going to do this until I can no longer walk,” said Tisino, who spent the night patting four th-graders’ backs, congratulating them by name, and hugging proud parents.


RELEASE DATE– Friday, March 16, 2012


Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce issued a statement asking its members and their employees to vote against the amendment. Aaron Nelson, president and CEO of the c h a m b e r, s a i d t h e amendment is bad for business because it inter feres with employers’ ability to recruit talent and offer competitive benefits. “It also signals to employers, employees and entrepreneurs that Nor th Carolina is not welcoming to the diverse, creative work force that we need to compete in the global economy,” Nelson said. He said the state should avoid doing anything that would make it less competitive by diminishing corporation’s interest in locating or remaining in Nor th Carolina. “The Chapel HillCar rboro Chamber of Commerce opposes Amendment One and is asking each of our 1,100 employer members, their 80,000 employees and voters statewide to vote against Amendment One on May 8,” Nelson said. The resolution adopted by the council states that because North Carolina law already defines marriage as between a man and a woman, that the amendment “would only ser ve to express hostility against a minority group.” Fur ther, the resolution states that Chapel Hill has a histor y of protecting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender residents and has been

a welcoming community by formally extending health care benefits to same sex domestic partners of town employees, electing the first openly gay official in the South, the late Joe Herzenburg, and by promoting marriage equality in its legis-

lative agenda. The council urged Nor th Carolina voters to “vote against the proposed amendment” and af fir med its “commitment to equal rights and oppor tunities for town employees and for all residents of Chapel Hill.

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Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art (Carolina Campus) FILM SCREENING (The Varsity on Franklin) March 19, 6:00 p.m. Tsotsi READINGS OF FUGARD’S PLAYS (Center for Dramatic Art) March 22, 5:30 p.m. My Children! My Africa! March 23, 5:30 p.m. The Train Driver
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