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Nebraska Arts Council Awards a Grant

Barr Middle School has been awarded a grant of $1000.00 by the Nebraska Arts Council.  This grant will support 7th graders at Barr Middle School to attend the play, A Christmas Carol, presented by the Grand Island High School on December 8, 2016.  Brian Kort, Barr Middle School principal, Lynn Plucknett, 7th grade teacher at Barr Middle School, and Rhonda Riha, 7th grade teacher at Walnut Middle School have been influential in making this opportunity happen for the students.

All 7th grade students in the Grand Island Public School District have been reading and analyzing the play  A Christmas Carol by playwright Israel Horovitz adapted from Charles Dickens book, A Christmas Carol.  Students have been immersed in history, culture, and social economic conditions of London, England in the 1800’s.    

Nebraska Arts Council Executive Director Suzanne Wise commented, “Grand Island Public Schools contributes  a great deal to the advancement of the arts in Grand Island, NE.  We commend the work being done by schools because the arts are important to the education and quality of life  for all Nebraskans."

The Nebraska Arts Council (NAC), a state agency provides numerous grants, services and special incentives that help to sustain and promote the arts throughout Nebraska. NAC is supported by the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Nebraska State Legislature, and National Endowment for the Arts.  To learn more visit

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