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CUTE children showcase their special talents

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:25 AM

It was a job well done as the Creatively Unique and Technologically Enhanced (CUTE) children showcased their talents in dance, drama, music, art and craft, and robotics.

The CUTE Summer Blast was organised by JPent Studios as a means of fostering growth, discipline, and empowerment for children through the creative arts.

Founder and Director Joan Phillips-Bennett told Arts and Education that the summer programme has been in operation since 2009, and this year, she decided to develop a programme for children who have specific learning disabilities and to help them to integrate with their peers.

The programme catered to children from three to 15 years.

“Children will benefit from programmes like CUTE as it helps to develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, discipline, and teamwork, which many children lack as it is not applied outside of the classroom,” Phillips-Bennett said. “Many children are not able to operate in a standard classroom setting, and as a result, they get left behind, which then leaves no room for them to impact society or to affect change.”

She said that CUTE targets students who learn differently, and the programme showcases what the children have done and how it has affected them. It opens their minds to dreaming bigger than what society or standardised tests have shown them.

The CUTE Summer Blast Closing Ceremony was held on August 29, 2019, at the Chapel of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church under the theme ‘Destined for Greatness’.

The children made their learning experiences come alive as they showcased artwork, scientific experiments, and creative pieces both individually and collectively.

“Parents were amazed at what they were able to accomplish in such a short space of time,” Phillips-Bennett said. “I am excited for the work ahead. It will not be a walk in the park, but it will be worth it not only for the children, but for a new Jamaica.”