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Students learn 'service learning'

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sara Schlatter (left), Teea Lunsford (center)?and Susan Rhodes (right paint an oceanic scene on a suitcase to be given to a child in need. The suitcase will be an example for Peggy Taylor's art students, who will pain their own suitcases for a service-learning project.
A little bit of painting can go a long way to help children in transitional situations.

At Clay City Junior/Senior High School, Peggy Taylor's art students will be painting suitcases with bright colors for children to use when they are put into the foster care system.

Taylor is facilitating the program in her art class as part of an initiative to integrate service learning into the classroom.

Her students will study famous artists, patterns that appear in nature and geometric shapes in order to determine what will be painted on the suitcases.

Taylor got the idea from a national service learning website.

Several teachers recently painted example suitcases to help the students come up with their creations.

Taylor said she needs 20-25 more hard-sided suitcases or train cases for everyone in her classes to be able to do the project.

She also hopes they will be able to provide a stuffed animal and small treats in the suitcase for a child.

Children being removed from a home usually place their clothes and possessions in garbage bags.

The suitcases provide a permanent way for the children to keep their belongings with them.

For more information on donating a suitcase, Taylor may be reached at Clay City High School at 812-939-2154.

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Our class our paining suitcases for Mrs. Taylors room. I think its great that she trys so hard to help other people. She had us go ahead and come up with sketches of what we want to paint on the suitcases. It should be a very fun project and be something different then making clay stuff.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sun, Mar 23, 2008, at 12:23 PM

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