2012-13 was Lareasa Smith's first year teaching 4th grade at Pirie. Discussing various types of literature with her students, discovering their meaning, and making personal connections between the text and real life, is her favorite part of teaching language arts. Ms. Smith said her students discovered the true meaning of the songs introduced during the PDP classes. She could tell they were interpreting the true meaning because their art work successfully depicted the mood and tone of the music. Ms. Smith says, "The program was very beneficial to both my students and me. I learned a lot of new teaching strategies and my students greatly benefited from them."