Human resources director enables cultural resource

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By Roger Snodgrass

Even in this age of multitasking it seems a little out of character that the human resources director at Los Alamos Public Schools is also organizing a new school program in theater arts.

But that’s what James Telles is doing.

Along with his administrative responsibilities, he is coordinating and developing Atomic City Children’s Theater, a drama program for the elementary schools.

It’s an arts-enrichment program, meant to be fun and also provide a lot of important educational vitamins.

Educational studies suggest that children who are involved at an early age in the arts do better in school. They are more likely to graduate and more likely to participate in community service, among other boosts.

Drama particularly teaches courage and presentation skills and helps connect the heart and the head in a developing personality, educators have determined.

“In the past, the elementary students have worked with music and art teachers, so last spring we decided to build a drama component into the program,” Telles said in a recent interview.

A piece of this year’s grant from the state Public Education Department will be used to purchase lights and sound systems for elementary schools.

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