In partnership with the district’s art teachers, the Great Valley School District Education Foundation created the SOAR Program to shine a light on the talents of the district’s art students and encourage and award students’ innovative ideas through art that integrates with the educational experience

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“I am so excited to honor and recognize the hard work and creativity in our students,” says Great Valley High School art teacher Sheila Startup. “It is especially important to understand how important the arts have been to many of our students over the past years, seeing them through a rough time in their lives with the pandemic. Having the Foundation support our efforts validates and uplifts the students in ways individual art teachers may not be able to do. I look forward to sharing this with our community and seeing how it truly takes a village to raise a child.”

The program will mimic an actual art competition, including a Call for Entries, a theme, parameters for the product and a juried selection process by Randall Graham, a well-known artist from the community.

The outside artist will select one student from each 5th grade in each elementary school, two students from the 8th grade and two students from the 12th grade. Those students who are honored will have their works framed and exhibited in the District Office. 

All information will be shared with students by their art teacher.