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Student artwork to be displayed at YMCA

Friday, September 18, 2009

Elementary school students will now have a new location to see their artwork displayed. Clay Community Schools Elementary art teachers (from left) Traci Miller, Rhea Hood and Leslie Cordray discuss the amount of time art from the schools should be on display. Art teacher Debbie Metz is not pictured. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
Teachers are continuously looking for ways to recognize students for their hard work, and the Clay Community Schools Elementary art teachers have accomplished it.

"We've all been looking for a place to display the students artwork in public," Forest Park Elementary and Jackson Township Elementary teacher Traci Miller said. "We wanted a place that was accessible and visible for parents and children."

The art teacher at each respective school will be picking the students who excel with their project. Those projects will then be on display at YMCA of Clay County, 225 E., Kruzan St., Brazil.

The exhibit area is inside the entrance of the building and all of the corporation art teachers agreed the building is in a location that is easy to get to and in a high traffic area.

Though art work is usually shown in the respected school, this allows people to see the work of students from all the different schools.

"The students will love having the work presented here," Clay City Elementary and Staunton Elementary teacher Rhea Hood said.

"I believe this will motivate them to work harder," Meridian Elementary and East Side Elementary teacher Leslie Cordray added. "They love to have their art displayed."

Parents and children who do not have a family pass at the YMCA will be given a one-day free pass for the exhibiting children with family so they will have the opportunity to see the art.

The teachers are thankful to the YMCA, especially Program Director Deb Plummer. By encouraging the students to work harder on their art, the teachers are hoping it will rub-off in their other classes.

"We are always trying to integrate all the core curriculum with art," Cordray said. "From vocabulary to history."

All artwork will be rotated regularly and currently, Forest Park Elementary students' art is on display. All the teachers are hoping the encouragement and reward for doing well will motivate students to succeed in the classroom.

"This is our first year doing this," Miller said. "We are so happy to be doing this."

If any area businesses interested in displaying art from the elementary schools, contact an art teacher by calling one of the schools.

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