The LENS Project begins its 4th year in Bethel

Through Bethel School District’s partnership with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, we are able to offer for the fourth year an after-school theatre program called The LENS Project.
LENS (Learning Empathy and Negotiation Skills) offers an arts-centered, extended after-school program that empowers students while developing self-esteem, a sense of community and strong peer relationship skills. Sessions give students an opportunity to articulate their hopes and concerns and to develop their personal voice, fostering respect among participants, and using innovative content and delivery by professional teaching artists.
Seven Bethel schools experienced LENS last spring: Camas Prairie, Evergreen, and Rocky Ridge elementaries, as well as Cedarcrest, Cougar Mountain, Frontier, and Spanaway middle schools. Seven additional schools will host the program this fall: Centennial, Elk Plain School of Choice, Frederickson, Kapowsin, and Nelson, as well as Bethel and Liberty middle schools
After-school sessions begin the week of October 6 with Broadway Center teaching artists visiting the participating schools to work with students and school liaisons, building skills in acting, dancing, music, improvisation, visual arts, and written arts. Each week the students, teacher liaisons, and teaching artists will grow as a creative ensemble, exploring relationships to each other and the world around them through the performing arts. Each class will create their own performance piece based on their experiences and will perform their creative works at a School Site Showcase in mid-December
LENS is funded through the generous support of a Pierce County Community Services Youth Violence Prevention Grant. It is made possible because of the creative and collaborative spirits of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Bethel School District, and the wonderful students and families who join the progra
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