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Student artists invite the public to a free show

WESTFIELD - A place according to its organizers where, "children are seen and heard," will be the event to attend on March 30-31 when the North Middle School will be the venue for the Second "Into the Arts" Program. It is sponsored by the Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield (VIPS) and the Central Advisory Council, and will be open to the public free of charge.

"This year we are going to have students from Paper Mill Elementary School; Southampton Road Elementary; Fort Meadow Preschool singers; a Drama Group from the Middle School; Westfield High School and Middle Schools Choral and Jazz bands; the Small Planet Dancers and students from the Southampton Road School will have knitting demonstrations," Barbara Trant, coordinator for VIPS said to Reminder Publications.

In addition to the performances, Trant said the hallways of the school will be adorned with hundreds of pieces of art from students submitted by their art teachers.

"Art teachers sent in over 800 pieces last year," Trant said.

Whether or not any of the art work will be available for purchase is still under consideration by the Council.

"Last year there was a very good display of the progression of students from preschool up to high school," Trant said.

The event will also include a raffle to raise funds for next year's program and hands-on crafts.

According to Trant the idea for the show came about through the Central Advisory Council after meeting with the superintendent and administrators and talking with them on school trends and the need for enrichment events such as this one.

For more information or to get more information about submitting art to the show call 572-6345 or e-mail