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A look around DPS: Orff music, free produce stands and more!

Alexandra Kincaid News

A student plays the xylophone during a music class at Charity Adams.

Students in a third grade class at Charity Adams Earley Girls Academy played xylophones and sang along to “Old Black Fly” during a music class in early November. All elementary music classes in the Dayton Public Schools incorporate Orff-Schulwerk methodology, which involves playing Orff instruments, singing, speaking, and moving. This is possible because of district funds supporting all music programs in the district and grants for instruments and instructional materials provided by the Save The Music Foundation. This funding has provided instruments over the last 4 years. The Save the Music grants have been awarded to all DPS elementary schools over the last three years.


A student is handed a bag to collect fresh fruits and vegetables at Edison's produce stand.

During student drop-off on Thursday, November 11th, Edison Elementary families had the opportunity to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables for free thanks to an event organized by the school’s Family Resource Coordinator. The food was provided by a nonprofit called Access to Excess, which saves excess food from being thrown away by farms and grocery stores. Families were invited to take as much as they needed and had a large selection of fresh produce to choose from.


A teacher waves as a student enters a mobile unit to donate blood at Meadowdale.

Meadowdale Career Technology Center held its first-ever blood drive this month. A mobile unit from the Community Blood Center visited the school and 28 students were able to successfully donate blood. The event was organized by three teachers and the school nurse. Student volunteers from the Biomedical Science and Pre-Nursing CTE pathways helped the event run smoothly by checking students in and out of class and walking them outside to the mobile unit.

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