Summer program encourages volunteerism in high school students

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

Together, the students and volunteers traveled to the Washington Gym, the Constitution Monument, Old St. Joseph Cemetery and historic churches while snapping photos that would later be painted and hung as part of the centennial’s student art exhibit.

Once the pictures had been taken, Rish hosted a step-by-step watercolor class where students painted the historic Port Theatre on Reid Avenue. From there, the students painted various buildings throughout the community.

At the end of the two-week program, the centennial events were in full swing and the art was on display alongside the timeline at the Event Welcome Center.

Rish’s display painting of the Indian Pass Raw Bar was so popular that she worked with Coast2Coast Printing to create a limited number of prints which she later sold at the Salt Air Farmer’s Market.

Hodges praised the program for bringing the elementary and high school students together which created a surprising and unexpected bond between the age groups.

“The younger kids fell in love with the high school volunteers,” said Hodges. “The older kids formed a bond with people they wouldn’t normally spend time with.”

Hodges’ goal is to seek out grant opportunities and show students that they can have an art program on par with those offered at larger schools.



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