(Paris, France) - As Chair of the judges of the Cable and Wireless Childnet International Awards, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate you on being selected as a commended project in this year's Awards programme.
The judging for the Cable and Wireless Childnet International Awards programme is now completed. Over a 5 week period the Childnet staff, a special children's panel and team of International judges viewed some 161 entries from 38 different countries worldwide.
The details of the MAGIC program is listed on the Awards website at www.childnetawards.org.
You will find MAGIC under previous winners and under the Commendend section for Non-Profits.
Once again congratulations for all you have achieved and for being a 2002 C&W Childnet Awards COMMENDED PROJECT.
MAGIC, The State of the Arts- is a successful five-year-old program that blends music, art and dance with core curriculum, is multi-disciplinary, makes learning fun and increases SOL scores. MAGIC's combination of music, art and the Internet into core curriculum allows boundless creativity.
Participating teachers receive MAGIC kits. Each kit contains standards-based, lesson plans; copies of the original music compositions; words to each song; instructions and timelines for creating and submitting artwork; and information on live concerts. In order to make the Internet more "friendly" to teachers who are not comfortable with technology, MAGIC provides easy-to-use instructions and technology, which assists teachers in creating and uploading their Internet art. These kits and all songs are available on the www.getmagic.net site.
MAGIC is a learning tool for the 21st Century. MAGIC showcases students' knowledge, talent and creativity in visual and performing arts, cognitive thinking and computer technology skills and, best of all, it is correlated to VA's Standards of Learning (SOL's).
MAGIC also showcases student talent as a family concert, which is part of the Virginia Arts Festival. MAGIC won the first place award for excellence in public broadcasting in programming and services from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Conference in 2001 and is a best practice for after-school programs in Virginia.