Archive for Thursday, May 17, 2007

Fantasyland

LMS Fine Arts Fair features pixies, wizards

May 17, 2007

Lansing Middle School transformed into a fantasyland at Tuesday night's annual Fine Arts Fair.

A castle and a sword in the stone set a backdrop for pixie fairies, wizards and a walking, talking tree, which helped create a new interactive element that art teacher Andrea Wecker said may be at the school to stay.

One of her students, Morgan Stockton had the idea to recycle a papier-mache tyrannosaurus rex from last year's prehistoric theme, into a dragon for this year.

The showcase featured every variety of student's creativity from "If I Were The Mayor," essays to science projects and band and choir performances.

As families and teachers milled about and students took turns in the wizard and tree costumes, principal Kerry Brungardt and assistant principal Brooks Jenkins grilled hamburgers that Booster Club volunteers served to guests.

Jenkins said it was important to recognize student's art, because it is an important means of expression, especially for students who don't latch on to sports.

Wecker said she loves the fair because students who also struggle in academic areas can excel and show off in the arts.

Seventh-grader Taylor White was doing just that. Her parents, John and Dianna White, were checking out her drawing and painting. Her mother said events like the Fine Arts Fair provided "high points," something for families to look forward to.

White was home schooled until this year so she was excited to participate and meet new friends. She was on the art committee of 15 students who helped plan and set up the fair.

The evening closed with the band and choir performances. Students wore solid red, white or black T-shirts and jeans.

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