Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School unveils new arts wing

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Motivating kids to learn, that's what one JCPS school is doing. Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School is a magnet school focused on the arts. They just invested millions of dollars to make the school a state of the art facility. It's something you don't see happen in most struggling school districts.

On the outside, Lincoln Elementary looks like any other school. But on the inside is something you don't see everywhere.

"You got dance, drama, vocal music, and you have different things every day," said Kennedy Edison, a Lincoln 5th grader.

With some fancy footwork, music, and lots of talent, Lincoln Elementary is paving the way for students to achieve their goals.

"I either wanna be a dancer or I wanna sing," said Cresean Curtley, another 5th grader.

A ribbon cutting on Wednesday showcased the school's $8 million expansion which gives students a 3,000 square foot theater, a state of the art piano lab and dance studio - things that most schools don't have any more.

"There are more opportunities here for students and that is the essence of a magnet school," said Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS superintendent. "You can offer something that attracts families to this choice."

Adding more options for students in arts is something you don't see in every district; arts is usually the first thing that gets cut. But at Lincoln Elementary, which has a recent history of low test scores, the hope is by investing in what motivates these children they boost themselves in other areas.

"What they have found is marrying arts with a core instruction really engages kids they are excited and connected to their school," said Amy Dennes, assistant superintendent for elementary schools. "We are really excited to see what's gonna happen to us."

The JCPS Elementary School Showcase will be held in the Cascade Ballroom at the International Convention Center on Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That's where parents can get information on Lincoln Elementary and other schools here in the district.

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