Grant from LEEF will allow Lenox students with special needs to tap into creative arts

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Community Access to the Arts (CATA) is enriching Lenox Memorial High School students with special needs by engaging them with creative arts such as dance, visual arts, and crafts.

LENOX — Lenox students with special needs are creating their own dance to their favorite songs. And for a few, this is the first time dancing to their own choreography for a performance at school.

This year, Olivia Wilber, an artist with Community Access for the Arts (CATA), has been working with a group of five 16-year-old students with special needs at Lenox Memorial High School to prep them for a small performance at the school on May 29.

Margaret Keller, Executive Director at CATA, said that this is the third year that Lenox Memorial High School has collaborated with CATA for individualized learning through the arts through a Lenox Education Enrichment Foundation (LEEF) grant to enrich student education with specialized learning through the arts with a 10 to 12 week intensive program each semester.

The LEEF grant engages and exposes students with special to a creative setting and heals one another through the power and creativity of arts and education to help students succeed and prepare students with special learning for life outside of the school setting by building confidence and self-worth through the arts.

Lenox Memorial High School allows a special, on-site setting for students to develop their life skills through creativity, Keller said.

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