SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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ning! Students did an amazing job students and I decided to make flowwith all the recycled materials. As ers. We made the petals of the flowers we created the garden, I also realized from all the different cardboard packthat the packaging made an excelaging that came with things like maclent border for the bulletin board. All aroni and cheese, applesauce, granola bars, rice, beans, etc. If it was colorful, the bulletin boards were decorated by each grade we used it. With the help Our school received a wonderful level to thank of my uppergift in the form of the Blessings the Blessings in grade students, in a Backpack program, which the Backpack organization for we mounted provides needy students with everything they each flower on a backpacks filled with nutritious did. dowel and made We also prefood to take home. leaves from sented Hilary green paper. The Duff with a thank-you present in the flowers looked like springtime. Nooform of a portrait drawn by one of our dle flowers here and apple ones there student's brothers. Instead of having with oatmeal and cracker packaging the portrait matted and framed in the centers—it was a recycled art kaleidotraditional way, our gift was matted scope. with the same packaging that provided the full stomachs to our famiAn Exciting Visit lies. It was a sincere way to express On the day that Hilary Duff was to our gratitude for such a wonderful arrive, I set up the Garden of Thanks gift. in our school courtyard. It was stun- Success Lives On The Blessings in a Backpack program continues at our school today and has been a resounding success. Every Friday, I see students walk home with their two backpacks. One contains the nourishment for them to succeed academically, and the other contains the nutrients they need to live healthy and happy lives. I hope that the Garden of Thanks will live on in the memories of our students. It was a day when our school's art program and the community came together to express gratitude to an organization that brings well-being and happiness to students every day. Jill Kessler is an art teacher at Tice Elementary in Fort Myers, Florida. JilDKes@ leeschools.net Web liNk blessingsinabackpack.org schoolartsonline.com 33

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