Fairview Elementary School located at Rogers and 7th Street in Bloomington had a dedication ceremony today, and parents, teachers, and children embraced their new building.
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says the school, which has been in the neighborhood for more than a year was not an investment the community could afford to lose. “This is a celebration, and the school board had hard decisions to make, but it was the right decision and that was to invest in a community and a neighborhood,” said Kruzan.
Kruzan said the school has been in existence since 1893, and the rich history which surrounds it is important to the community.
One of the new initiatives this year at Fairview is to incorporate art, music and other arts education tools in the learning process. Dr. Brenda Brenner, Associate Professor of music education in the Jacobs School of Music said the students are being challenged across several curriculums. “Music integrates all forms of learning, through many of the other subjects in our classes together so this is an opportunity for the kids to have fun, learn, and work together,” said Brenner.
Education officials say this process helps students retain information and improves their critical thinking and math skills.
Brenner has worked with the students since the strings violin program began a few years ago and she says the program allows the students to gain a feeling of accomplishment and gives great promise to their educational future.