Waco ISD has been named a "District of Distinction" for the visual arts by the Texas Art Education Association. Only 20 districts statewide received this distinction.
The distinction involves a rigorous application process where instruction in the visual arts is evaluated, along with extracurricular opportunities and community service.
"I’m incredibly proud of each of the district’s 25 visual arts instructors. This recognition of their hard work and their dedication to our students is truly deserved," Waco ISD Director of Fine Arts Larry Carpenter said.
Recently, University High and Waco High students took home 48 gold medals at the Region 12 Visual Arts Scholastic Events.
Students at the elementary level are also performing well in the arts. According to the district, for the first time in history, students from 10 Waco ISD elementary schools entered 41 pieces and received 30 gold medals after competing in the Region 12 Texas Elementary Art Meet.
“The visual arts unlock new ways for students to see themselves and the world around them,” said Dr. Hazel Rowe, interim superintendent. “Through their creativity and work, our student artists can also change the way that the rest of us see the world. I knew that we had talented teachers and students, but it’s especially exciting to see them recognized as some of the very best in the state.”