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It’s Not Trash! To These Kids, It’s Art Waiting To Flourish

It's Not Trash! To These Kids, It's Art Waiting To Flourish

Who knows how inventive they might be?

STOWE PA – The now-flattened can that once held soda, the twine that’s no longer needed, the brightly colored cellophane wrap which enclosed a chocolate Easter bunny a couple of weeks ago? Irresponsible consumers think of all that stuff as disposable, but to budding artists in West Pottsgrove Elementary School those are the materials that spark a prospective sculptor’s creative genius.

Give her just a few days, and school Principal Terri Koehler can give you the proof.

Koehler on Wednesday said her students in kindergarten, first and second grades will observe Earth Day next week (Monday, April 22, 2013) by creating sculptures from items that would otherwise be recycled or discarded. The children and their teachers “have been collecting all sorts of materials that would otherwise be thrown away to use for this project,” she noted, and beginning Monday at 9:30 a.m. they’ll set to work making Michelangelo look like a minor player, and Rodin still thinking about his next piece.

This is a school assignment, of course, so the fun of producing something out of what most folks think of as garbage will be accompanied by the fun of writing about it. Once their sculptures are complete, Koehler said, the kids “will then use what they have learned about narrative writing to create a story about their creation.” Both the sculptures and the stories will be displayed throughout the Grosstown Road building.

Those in kindergarten will sculpt from 9:30-10:30; the second-graders work from 1-2 p.m.; and the first-graders end the exercise from 2-3 p.m. For more information, call 610-323-6510.

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