Smart Living Awards Flashback 2008: 5th Grade Class at Louis Agassiz School

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For the past two years, students in Cathe Ritz’s class at Louis Agassiz School on the west side of Cleveland have been immersed in the arts.

They’ve been taught proper etiquette about what to wear, how to sound, how to sit and when to applaud when attending an orchestra concert.

Along with music teacher Janet Wroblewski, and Ritze’s social studies class, they’ve been introduced to the lives and the work of classical composers. Their preparation did not go unnoticed at the Cleveland Orchestra concerts for school children. While some slept and others chatted, these students were attentive, poised and interested.

“One of them said, ‘The Dvorak brought tears to my eyes,'” says Ritz. “I think they caught the performing ‘bug’ after that,” she says.

They performed Christmas carols at Cleveland City Hall rotunda, performed in the All-City Choral at Cuyahoga Community College and at the Maltz Museum.

What clicked for these youngsters?

“They were well-prepared,” says Ritz. Their learning has been strengthened through the experience. Last year as fourth graders, they scored the second highest in writing of any class in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

“My students love the Cleveland Orchestra and all their experiences in University Circle,” says Ritz. “It really enhances their learning.”

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