Schools in Quitman are working hard to use art to help children learn.
Quitman Lower Elementary put some of the work its students have been doing on display to the community Thursday, to let them see how art is being utilized. The school also hosted a luncheon for their guests.
MSU Riley Center education director Dr. Charlotte Tabereaux was on hand to talk to students, faculty and the community about the importance of arts education.
"It has actually been proven through research that the children will learn more quickly, and they'll retain that knowledge longer," said Tabereaux. "And that's why you're going to see test scores at schools that use the arts to teach, those test scores will go up."
"And they've been enriched in ways that many of them would never have the opportunity to just at home," said Quitman Lower Elementary teacher Pam Myrick. "So we've tried to broaden some horizons and create some talents that maybe they didn't even know they had."
In addition to displaying art work, some of the students also performed a musical number.