LCECC serves 386 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd. All students receive free breakfast and lunch. According to the 2017- 2018 Poverty Index, LCECC is highest in the district at 96.32 %. The school’s population consists of 91% African American, 3% Hispanic/Latino, 5% Caucasian, 1% Asian, and 1% of two or more races. Approximately 12% of the student population receives specialized education through Exceptional Children’s services. Although the downtown area of Lake City has undergone some recent revitalization provided by the Lake City Partnership Council, many of the students only have the opportunity to visit the area during field trips-which are limited due to budget. Other experiences (civic centers, theaters, etc.) are 30 or more miles away. Many students do not travel outside of the street that they live on, making their experiences and background knowledge very limited. Likewise, few students have the opportunities to play sports or participate in extracurricular activities, making their social interactions limited to those they receive at school. It is part our goal at LCECCA to develop the whole child and providing opportunities in the arts does just that! Providing these opportunities for our students has helped them to develop self-confidence and a greater motivation for learning that did not exist before. By using the arts as a tool and a vessel for learning, our school’s culture is phenomenal and student-parent engagement has drastically increased. Creating a variety of opportunities for our students is a vital part of our vision to mold foundations for lifelong success.