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Corporate Partners and Sponsorships

The evidence is clear- education in the arts is critical to developing minds. A 2006 publication called "Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement", describes, in nontechnical terms, what the research says about how study of the arts contributes to academic achievement and student success. The following is an excerpt from this publication:

"How Study of the Arts Contributes to Student Achievement and Success

A growing body of studies, including those in the research compendium Critical Links, presents compelling evidence connecting student learning in the arts to a wide spectrum of academic and social benefits. These studies document the habits of mind, social competencies and personal dispositions inherent to arts learning. Additionally, research has shown that what students learn in the arts may help them to master other subjects, such as reading, math or social studies.

Students who participate in arts learning experiences often improve their achievement in other realms of learning and life. In a well-documented national study using a federal database of over 25,000 middle and high school students, researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles found students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Moreover, the high arts-involved students also watched fewer hours of TV, participated in more community service and reported less boredom in school.12

The concept of transfer, in which “learning in one context assists learning in a different context,” has intrigued cognitive scientists and education researchers for more than a century.13 A commonly held view is that all learning experiences involve some degree of transfer both in life and learning outside the school as well as learning within the school. However, the nature and extent of these transfers remain a topic of great research interest. Recent studies suggest the effects of transfer may in fact accrue over time and reveal themselves in multiple ways.

Researchers continue to explore the complex processes involved in learning and the acquisition of knowledge and skills. One promising line of inquiry focuses on how to measure the full range of benefits associated with arts learning. These include efforts to develop a reliable means to assess some of the subtler effects of arts learning that standardized tests fail to capture, such as the motivation to achieve or the ability to think critically.

How Study of the Arts Contributes to Student Achievement and Success

The relationship between arts learning and the SAT is of considerable interest to anyone concerned with college readiness and admissions issues. The SAT Reasoning Test (formerly known as the SAT I) is the most widely used test offered by the College Board as part of its SAT Program. It assesses students’ verbal and math skills and knowledge and is described as a “standardized measure of college readiness.” Many public colleges and universities use SAT scores in admissions. Nearly half of the nation’s three million high school graduates in 2005 took the SAT.

Multiple independent studies have shown increased years of enrollment in arts courses are positively correlated with higher SAT verbal and math scores. High school students who take arts classes have higher math and verbal SAT scores than students
who take no arts classes.

Arts participation and SAT scores co-vary—that is, they tend to increase linearly: the more arts classes, the higher the scores. This relationship is illustrated in the 2005 results shown below. Notably, students who took four years of arts coursework outperformed their peers who had one half-year or less of arts coursework by 58 points on the verbal portion and 38 points on the math portion of the SAT."

(© 2006 by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. All rights reserved. Read entire publication here.)

Yet, despite all this information, we continue to see cuts in local and federal funding for theater programs such as the one at South. We really struggle to survive.

If not for individual contributions, corporate sponsorships, advertisements in Paladin Playbills and ticket sales, there would be no theater program at South for these exceptional students.

Please consider how your company can help support the performing arts at South Plantation High School. Many corporations have foundations and offer grants. If you work for one of these, contact us and let us know what steps we need to take to apply. Or, if you are a small business, make a donation to the South Plantation Friends of the Theatre.

At this time the Friends of the Theatre would like to thank the corporate sponsors listed on this page for their ongoing support of the performing arts at South Plantation High School. The shows simply could not go on without their help.



Allegra Print & Imaging

South Plantation Friends of the Theater wishes to thank Allegra Print and Imaging for their ongoing support of the theater program at South Plantation. It is Allegra that prints our playbills, creates our T-shirts and is always there to support the students in any way they can. Click on their graphic and see how they can help you.

3400 N.E 12th Avenue
Oakland Park, FL 33334
954) 537-9590
Fax: (954) 537-9596
Email: dwhite@allegranet.com


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All Star Coaches

The leading provider of luxury RV rentals in the United States. Conveniently located right off of I-95, the Florida Turnpike and I-75.

Contact: Rob Tischler, CEO of Allstar Coaches


Mr. Ds Pizza

4260 Peters Road, Plantation, FL 33317
(954) 581-0373


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Interactive Digital Media & DjDean

Providing web development and video production services for the Paladin Players for the last 13 years.

Dean Kautzmann, Producer


Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Corporation

South Plantation Friends of the Theater recently recieved a $2,000.00 donation from the "Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Cares Foundation". The Broward County chairperson for the foundation, Ms. Sharon Littlejohn, was on hand to personally deliver the check to the Friends of the Theater.

South Plantation Friends of the Theater extends their deepest gratitude to Ms. Littlejohn and the Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation for their support of the theater program at South Plantation High School. For more information on the services provided by Coldwell Banker or the Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation program, please call Ms. Sharon Littlejohn at (954) 290-7355.

(Director Jason Zembuch & Ms. Sharon Littlejohn are on hand as members of the South Plantation Friends of the Theater recieve a $2,000.00 check from the Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation)

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(From L-R: Mr. Jason Zembuch, Ms. Sharon Littlejohn & Mrs. Michelle Terl)


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15968 SW 4TH ST
Pembroke Pines, FL