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Shaping Future Stars in Johnston County Schools

In the latest episode of The Best of Johnston County Podcast, we dive deep into the heart of arts education within our community’s schools. It’s a journey that unveils the dedication, passion, and sheer talent that thrives in Johnston County, courtesy of our esteemed guest, Sarah Fawn McLamb. Sarah is not just a specialist in her field; she lives and breathes the fine arts, making significant strides as the K-12 Fine Arts Teaching and Learning Specialist for Johnston County Public Schools.


The Essence of Fine Arts Education

The conversation begins by shedding light on the intriguing world of arts education in North Carolina. Many aren’t aware that a structured curriculum exists, shaped by passionate educators like Sarah, who also played a pivotal role in crafting the state standards. The integration of music, dance, theater, and visual arts into school programs is not merely for creativity’s sake—they underscore a comprehensive learning approach intertwining literacy, mathematics, and so much more.


The Impact Beyond the Classroom

As Sarah eloquently shares her experiences and the initiatives underway in Johnston County, it’s apparent that the arts do more than just teach children how to read music or understand the color wheel. They play a crucial role in developing well-rounded, critically thinking individuals who excel in various aspects of their lives. From math skills enhanced through music to the teamwork learned in ensemble groups, the arts are indispensable.


Bridging Communities Through the Arts

Perhaps the most inspiring takeaway from our discussion is how arts education in Johnston County Public Schools extends beyond the classroom walls. It fosters a sense of community and collaboration not only within schools but also across the county and beyond. Programs and performances bring together students, teachers, families, and local businesses, creating a supportive ecosystem where young artists can thrive.


A Call to Action for Parents and Community Members

This episode is a must-listen not only for parents with children in the Johnston County Public Schools but also for anyone passionate about the arts or interested in supporting local youth programs. It’s a testament to what a community can achieve when it comes together to value and invest in arts education. Hearing Sarah talk about the successes, challenges, and future of these programs is both enlightening and inspiring.


So, whether you’re invested in Johnston County’s youth, curious about the role of arts in education, or seeking ways to contribute to the growth of our arts programs, tune in to this episode. Let’s continue to champion the arts together, ensuring they remain a vibrant part of our children’s education and, by extension, their futures. 


Listen to this episode of The Best of Johnston County Podcast and discover why the fine arts are a fundamental pillar of Johnston County Public Schools.


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