In their first gathering, about 20 students in the new LTMS Art Squad created manhole T-shirts and an assortment of sidewalk chalk drawings. “The students had a blast!” said visual arts teacher Jaime Giger. The Art Squad is a great alternative for students who cannot fit art into their academic schedule. “This club gives LTMS students a creative outlet, a sense of belonging, and teaches them about the importance of community art projects and giving back,” Giger said.
In another late-August project, eighth-graders Alyssa Pyles (center) and Ayanna Darrington designed and painted a suggestion box for the 21st Century Pride after-school club, led by grant program director Philnisha Lindsey (left).