While school may have (finally) ended for students last Wednesday, teachers still had some unfinished work to complete and wind up the school year. But it wasn’t all work and no play; Thursday morning, June 28, Wilton superintendent Kevin Smith and Board of Education member Glen Hemmerle hosted a breakfast in the WHS Professional Library for Wilton’s Fine and Performing Arts (FAPA) teachers.

Smith acknowledged his appreciation for the district’s FAPA programs, calling them the “lifeblood of Wilton schools.” Going a step beyond, he solidified his commitment to the Arts in Wilton, saying, “FAPA has my support, as well as the District’s support. We’re never going to cut the Arts.”

Hemmerle echoed Smith in his remarks, saying, “The Board of Education is as committed as ever to continue funding, supporting and making what you do possible.”

Smith thanked the teachers for their work.

“We’re all very grateful for what FAPA does–it brings joy to the Wilton community. Keep doing what you’re doing. FAPA it makes all the difference in the world, it’s a value added to our schools.”

To underscore his point, Smith gave accolades to WHS photography teacher Sue Brandt, using her recent work as an example of how FAPA teachers go above and beyond. He told of how, at the most recent Board of Education meeting, during a ceremony to recognize students for their video work, Brandt created a red carpet event to make the experience even more of a celebration.