Summer students art busy

Friday, July 30, 2010

The summer program at the elementary school serves K -- 6th grades with activities that include field trips, sports, art, dance, computer lab and theater games. Students are served breakfast, lunch and two snacks, and the program runs from 8 a.m. -- 6 p.m. daily.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant is a collaboration between Main Stage and the Eureka Springs Schools, part of a five year after school grant received last year.

With an emphasis on visual and performing arts, their summer art will be featured in a show this week. One project was building "Faerie Houses" with found objects. Artist and author Valerie Damon and art store owner Iris Feutz were instructors for the two-day workshop. Iris did a writing session with the students when the project was completed. Both women volunteered.

Students used bamboo, donated by Chris Fischer, to build the little houses. Chris also donated bamboo to help complete the fence for the Community Garden behind the school.

Patrice Gros has donated many hours designing the garden, building the raised beds and putting up the fencing. Arlie Weems graded the spot for the garden, also as a donation.

Students and volunteers have spent hot mornings weaving the bamboo into the fence. Becky Gillette, Gerry Lundrum and Patrice's apprentices, Baylee and Madelene, helped finish the fence.

Becky taught students to build a trellis for growing beans, also made of bamboo. Gerry put in a holding tank to catch water from the roof.

Becky Cisco, director of all three public school cafeterias, is using fresh student-grown food for school lunches. She wrote a grant last year to serve fresh fruit in the afternoons during the school year to the students.

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