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Horace Mann students dance, play instruments and perform in new fine arts wing

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At Horace Mann Middle School students are learning, but not always from behind a desk.

This Little Rock magnet school focuses on the arts and sciences. The school Tuesday opened and dedicated a new $4.3 million fine arts wing.

The new 11,614 square foot expansion is home to two dance studios with dressing rooms, piano lab, band room with storage for instruments, orchestra room with storage for instruments and recital hall.

Principal Patricia Boykin said this new wing was desperately needed because of problems with the old one.

"It flooded all the time. So every time there was big rain we dreaded it because we knew the next day the rooms would be flooded."

Boykin hopes this new wing will help recruit kids who are interested in the fine arts. Students from all three local districts attend Horace Mann Middle School.