HAGERMAN, IDAHO (KMVT-TV) From the elementary to high school, Melissa Allen sees 300 students a week walk through her doors. "Our kids take the class and realize how it connects to everything else they're doing here." Allen said. And you don't have to look down to find art. You can look up. Students in the higher grades paint the ceiling tiles throughout the school. Allen said, "I have students painting math ceiling tiles with math concepts on them. My classes are constantly painting." While many schools are cutting the art program, Hagerman is embracing it, by making it available to all kindergartners to 12th graders. "It's not a top priority and I think a lot of people would like to make it a priority." But funding becomes an issue. Allen said, "it's up to the school district where their priorities are at and if they want to keep those programs or not.” Fortunately Hagerman kept the program allowing students to use the other side of their brain. Sophomore Becca Smith said, "It lets me balance out my academics and it helps me write things down on paper." Allen hopes the economy gets back on track so other schools can fill their halls with art. "We work as a team and keep the sense of community." Coming up next week, we'll visit with the students and staff of Woodside elementary.

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