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Parkway's Photography Program Receives $75,000

A $75,000 grant has been donated to the Parkway Fine Arts Program from Wagner Portrait Group president, Hal Wagner, to enhance the district's photography program. The grant has been well received, and it comes at a time when the district is facing financial difficulties. "Businesses, in general, should give back to the community," said Wagner. "By supporting projects that enhance education, we can stay involved in the future of the community." The grant will be given to the district and used over a period of five years with the intent of fostering an appreciation of photography at all levels. Digital cameras for each elementary school's art department will allow fifth-grade art teachers to develop a basic unit of study focusing on the concept of photography as a life-long skill. Eighth graders will explore photography as an art and will begin to use technology to manipulate images. High school students will have updated technology, both in hardware and software, and new digital cameras that will allow the more than 600 students enrolled in photography and digital design classes to extend and refine their craft. "The Parkway Art Department is delighted with the expanded opportunities that Wagner Portrait Group will be providing students and teachers through its very generous grant," said Sandy Collins, fine arts coordinator. Wagner also plans to offer training opportunities to both teachers and students. Teachers will be able to develop photo techniques at the Wagner Portrait Group studio, and advanced photography students will have opportunities to apply for special studio internships.