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August 28th, 2006

COMMISSION NAMES THREE MORE VALUE PLUS SCHOOLS

NASHVILLE - -The Tennessee Arts Commission has announced the selection of three additional schools for inclusion in its Value Plus Schools program, an education reform model emphasizing arts integration. The three new schools are Dickson Elementary in Dickson, Oakgrove Elementary in Cleveland , and Huntingdon Primary in Huntingdon.

The addition of the three schools is a direct result of a recent grant awarded to the Commission by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission will receive $180,100 this year with anticipated funding over the next four years totaling $901,600.

“The additional funding will allow us to expand Value Plus to involve six schools across the state” said Stephanie Conner, chair of the Commission.

“With this education grant, Tennessee students will benefit from innovative, arts-based instruction,” Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn) said. “I'm proud to have worked with Senator Alexander to secure this funding to help Tennessee students achieve greater academic success using the arts to expand their minds and foster creativity."

“We know that students perform better when they have broad exposure to the arts,” said Alexander (R-Tenn). “This grant will enable more Tennessee students to benefit from unique, integrated curricula in which the arts enrich their understanding of other academic subjects like math, science, and language arts.”

Previously, the Commission announced the selection of Mooreland Heights Elementary in Knoxville , Bradley Academy in Murfreesboro , and Covington Academy in Covington .

For more information on the Value Plus Schools program, contact Kim Leavitt at (615) 532-5934 or kim.leavitt@state.tn.us.

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