Children for the Arts— 'Everyone deserves the chance to be in the arts,' Tish Poorman says. 'There are so many sports programs, but little for the arts.' Currently, Poorman, top right, is directing Gulf View Middle School students in their production of 'The Book of Spells.' Proceeds from the performances, now funded by the school, will help fund the Children for the Arts Foundation to continue the drama program at Gulf View Middle. 'We want to give (the kids) a passion for the arts,' says Poorman. 'There's not enough curriculum' for arts in the schools, she says, and is determined to help by trying to jump-start a drama program at Gulf View Middle. She says she hopes the Children for the Arts programs can expand to middle schools throughout Collier County. It all started in 1988, when her own son was 6 years old and she saw the need for performing arts programs for children. 'There was nothing in this town creative for children,' she says. So she started a performing arts summer program, staging 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' at the bandshell at Cambier Park. Poorman, who also teaches privately, feels passionately about giving all children access to the arts, including drama, choir, band or art. Children for the Arts became a way to give children who cannot afford private lessons access to arts programs. Playing the part of the king in 'The Book of Spells' has helped Mikens St. Louis, 13, bottom right, a native of Haiti, work on his English skills and pronunciation. Poorman feels middle school is an important time in a child's development, and says that without a focus, students that age are often susceptible to getting into trouble. 'He's a bright child,' she says of St. Louis, but she worries that he lacks direction. 'If he's directed into the right path, it will be taken.' She speaks from experience. Poorman often uses her own background as an example for the kids and tells them about the bad choices she made. 'I think every child needs a mentor. That's what changed my life: having a mentor. 'The Book of Spells' will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the cafeteria at Gulf View Middle School. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will help fund the Children for the Arts Foundation. For information about the foundation, call Tish Poorman at 571-3305. Published November 27, 2006

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Children for the Arts— "Everyone deserves the chance to be in the arts," Tish Poorman says. "There are so many sports programs, but little for the arts." Currently, Poorman, top right, is directing Gulf View Middle School students in their production of "The Book of Spells." Proceeds from the performances, now funded by the school, will help fund the Children for the Arts Foundation to continue the drama program at Gulf View Middle. "We want to give (the kids) a passion for the arts," says Poorman. "There's not enough curriculum" for arts in the schools, she says, and is determined to help by trying to jump-start a drama program at Gulf View Middle. She says she hopes the Children for the Arts programs can expand to middle schools throughout Collier County. It all started in 1988, when her own son was 6 years old and she saw the need for performing arts programs for children. "There was nothing in this town creative for children," she says. So she started a performing arts summer program, staging "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" at the bandshell at Cambier Park. Poorman, who also teaches privately, feels passionately about giving all children access to the arts, including drama, choir, band or art. Children for the Arts became a way to give children who cannot afford private lessons access to arts programs. Playing the part of the king in "The Book of Spells" has helped Mikens St. Louis, 13, bottom right, a native of Haiti, work on his English skills and pronunciation. Poorman feels middle school is an important time in a child's development, and says that without a focus, students that age are often susceptible to getting into trouble. "He's a bright child," she says of St. Louis, but she worries that he lacks direction. "If he's directed into the right path, it will be taken." She speaks from experience. Poorman often uses her own background as an example for the kids and tells them about the bad choices she made. "I think every child needs a mentor. That's what changed my life: having a mentor. "The Book of Spells" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 in the cafeteria at Gulf View Middle School. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will help fund the Children for the Arts Foundation. For information about the foundation, call Tish Poorman at 571-3305. Published November 27, 2006

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