When a kick off event is launched, organizers hope for things: Did the content get through? Are students inspired and changed? Is something special happening at Otselic Valley? And more specifically, can Arts in Education programming support social-emotional learning in meaningful ways? After last week's swirl of ideas, art, and heart, the answer is yes, yes, yes, and yes. The Arts in Education team carefully crafted a schedule that gave Vikings a variety of experiences during the kick-off for Arts in Education and Character Education at O V. Recording artist Jared Campbell was in concert and conversation with students of all ages. Book champion and school librarian John Schu turned time with Pre-K - 8th grade students into a high-energy festival of book surprise and appreciation. Poet and novelist Rachel Guido DeVries empowered older students to become thoughtful poets themselves. Painting with partners, painting with unexpected materials (shave cream!), dancing, and puppetry were all on schedule. And everywhere in the building, creativity was rising.