4th-Grade VIP Program at Oakton Gets Creative

“Learn to focus on important things right now.”
VIP Student, Oakton Elementary School

This fall, the Moran Center partnered with Oakton Elementary School to bring the Voices, Ideas, and Perspectives Project (VIP) to fourth-grade students. VIP is an 8-session leadership course designed to build problem-solving skills through interactive lessons. Once a week, the students gather with their peers and Moran Center facilitators, Karen Evans and Kathy Tribble-Strong, to discuss topics such as:

  • Feelings and emotions
  • Leadership development
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Effective decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healthy relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive community participation

The Oakton VIP program collaborated with Noyes Cultural Center to direct students in a culminating art activity with students and artists Patti Vick and Monica Sageman. The VIP curriculum was seamlessly woven into art projects that the kids enjoyed and completed with much enthusiasm and pride. Oakton Principal Wayne Williams is a great champion of the program, making sure that all kids involved feel special and excited about participating. Principal Williams even announces the VIP Program over the PA and makes a point of stopping by to visit the VIP sessions. 

Recognizing the impact that the Moran Center is having in our community, the Open Studio Project has chosen the Moran Center to receive their Galleria 101 award this year. The award will be presented at a special event on April 20th at the Evanston Art Center. Proudly, Oakton VIP student art will be on display!