GCHS to honor Theatre in Our Schools Month with community-wide talent show.

Garden City High School will celebrate Theatre in Our Schools Month in March.

In honor of TIOS, GCHS is hosting a community-wide talent show on March 3.

TIOS is a grassroots effort to educate people about the benefits of having theatre in schools and to draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs for students.

The campaign is sponsored by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the Educational Theatre Association and the International Thespian Society.

GCHS is home of ITS Troupe 2846, the nationwide high school drama honorary society planning TIOS activities.

TIOS is a chance for students, parents, communities, school boards and elected officials to become familiar with the benefits of school threatre participation, including the developement of 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

According to the College Board, in 2015, students who took four years of arts classes in high school scored an average of 92 points higher on their SATs than students who took only one half year or less.

However, according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 28 percent of public high schools in high poverty areas offer theatre instruction.

Also, according to a 2016 poll, 9 in 10 American adults agree that the arts are part of a well-rounded K-12 education and 90 percent believe students should receive an education in the arts in elementary school, middle school and high school.