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Tapestry Charter opens new North Buffalo campus

Leaders of Tapestry Charter
WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett
Leaders of Tapestry Charter

By Ashley Hassett

Buffalo, NY – Tapestry Charter School opened new campus on Great Arrow Avenue in North Buffalo Tuesday.

The new charter school for students in K-through-12 focuses on expeditionary learning, that emphasizes the arts to increase social awareness and improve academic performance.

Educators at Tapestry said the school day will include leadership activities designed to build independence.

Executive Director and Founder of Tapestry Charter Joy Pepper said drawing upon the arts will engage students and allow them to succeed in all core subjects.

"We're trying to really build background knowledge, we take the kids out to do a lot of fieldwork, to see a lot of what's going on in their community, really opening up their eyes. It's not about book learning -- that student graduates and goes on to sit in a college interview and really can speak about themselves as a learner and what they've been involved in and that makes a difference," said Pepper.

Associate Regional Director of Expeditionary Learning Schools Cheryl Dobbertin said expeditionary learning focuses on social awareness to increase academic performance.

"It's an integrated kind of education where they really bring the disciplines together and they use reading and writing in real context to understand their math, and their science, and their social studies. Here at Tapestry, they do an exceptionally fine job of integrating the arts into education, at the same time that you may see other school systems cutting arts funding, Tapestry's actually expanded it's support in the arts," said Dobbertin.

The school day will include events and activities designed to build independence and leadership. Classrooms are fully loaded with technology create a stimulating learning environment for students.

Tapestry's new school year begins after the labor day holiday.