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In response to Monday’s, “Miller hopes to bring arts classes to schools,” (Nov. 2) I would like to make some clarifications about Catie Miller’s platform and involvement at UNC that the reporter failed to mention.

Catie is not simply a “member” of the UNC Walk-Ons co-ed a cappella group nor Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Catie is the president of both organizations, as well as former president of UNC teaching fellows. Apart from these roles, Catie’s experience as an orientation leader has demonstrated her passion for the University and her commitment to transitioning students into the Carolina Way.

While Hardy does establish Catie’s platform, he did not include some of the major components of her project. Project CATIE stands for Cultivating Arts Together In Education. It brings the talent of UNC’s students into schools. As an education major, I recognize the benefits of Catie’s platform. Art can help students build cultural understanding and appreciation.

Art builds self-esteem that typical classroom activities cannot. Additionally, studies prove that arts in schools are connected to higher achievement levels. We have the opportunity to share our gifts and talents, to teach children that they have the capacity to create, sing, dance and learn. It’s time to give back and Project CATIE is doing just that.

Lo DeWalt
Elementary Education

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