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Osceola County School First in Florida to Earn National Honors From the Kennedy
The Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network has selected Cypress
Elementary in Osceola County as one of only five schools in the nation to be
named as a Creative Ticket National School of Distinction for 2005-2006 in
honor of its outstanding school arts programs. This marks the first time in
history any Florida school has received this award, which recognizes schools
that have done an outstanding job of making the arts an essential part of the
education of its students.
Cypress Elementary has been recognized at both the state and national for
its arts-infused curriculum model. All kindergarten through fifth grade students
at the school are engaged in self-motivating, life-long learning experiences
through the performing arts program. School-wide, the students receive a sound
academic education, but also an education rich in the visual arts, drama, music,
theater, dance and chorus.
Teachers at Cypress Elementary not only integrate the arts into their teaching,
but also guide additional after-school performing groups, often in partnership
with parents. The school boasts 10 dynamic performing groups, including a dance
troupe of children in wheelchairs. The school has been featured at many high-profile
events, and has been involved in projects that serve as models throughout the
As a Creative Ticket National School of Distinction, Cypress Elementary has
been invited to perform on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on March
27, 2007, in Washington, D.C.