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SMART Camp Ends With A Showcase



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The summer's second session of SMART (Summer Music and Art) Camp came to a close with a showcase of student talent and creations on July 29.

SMART, offered by Newtown Continuing Education, was run by Katherine Abrego for the second session of the program this summer.

This year the SMART program offered students from kindergarten to sixth grade the chance to take a range of rotating classes — such as Print Making, Clay Workshop, Mixing Musicians, Passport to Art, Printmaking, Yoga for Youngsters, Musical Theater Production and Performance Workshop, and Whimsical Watercolors and Acrylics. The program was hosted at Newtown High School this year, and the showcase was held in the school’s cafetorium.

Newtown Continuing Education Director Jennifer Arnold attended the July 29 showcase and said this summer’s students were creative and engaged.

“It was overall a very good summer,” said Arnold.

Student artwork and other creations crafted during the second SMART Camp session were on display on tables throughout the cafetorium, and students, along with their parents, stopped by each table to look at what campers created and pick up their own works.

Then, when everything had been collected, students in a dance class performed, and finally, students taking the Musical Theater Production and Performance Workshop with instructor and play Director Michael Cappiello took over the stage to perform scenes from The Sound of Music.

The smiling faces on campers seemed to emphasize Arnold’s summation of the summer: “It was a wonderful summer.”

Education Editor Eliza Hallabeck can be reached at eliza@thebee.com.

Riley DeShay picks up a musical instrument and other art she created at the SMART Camp showcase on July 29. —Bee Photos, Hallabeck
Sister and brother Charlotte and Rowan Rocco watch a slideshow on a laptop of student SMART Camp creations at the July 29 showcase.
SMART Camp dancers perform at the showcase on July 29.
SMART Camp students and their parents pick up art creations at the July 29 showcase.
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