An article I wrote, or I should say rewrote. It started out as this:
Mountain Vista ART Program up and Running
Mountain Vista School in the Oracle School District started the school year with a bran new art program. Mrs. Merry Lewers is the District’s Art teacher. Students in the first through eighth grades get to take art for the entire school year! Mrs. Lewer’s has the students working on many different projects from three dimensional paper mache sculptures to creating color wheels that teach shading, color hue recognition and color blending. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn Art history as well as Art appreciation.
Principal Dennis Blauser had this to say, “Every year we try to expand our programs to ensure that our students receive a well rounded education. In addition to Art in all grades we also created a Spanish elective for our junior high students. We are also considering a “Hip Hop” dance elective for the second semester”.
The Art program is funded primarily with budget override monies. Oracle School District’s override allows the district to offer Art, PE, Music and to have reduced class sizes. The override is up for re-authorization this November.
It finished as this:
Mountain Vista ART Program up and Running
Far up in the mountainous wilds of a remote reach of Arizona, not so very long ago, there was a school. Oh, not just any school, but a very special school, full of bright, shiny children who were eager to learn, always had their pencil points sharpened in anticipation of a pop quiz, and wanted nothing more for their evening entertainments than the joy of surprising their parents with the handmade trinkets which they, the students, gainfully employed themselves in making that very afternoon.
Alas, for the poor tykes! Alas for their present-bereft parental units! It was not to be, for as soon as they thought of a special present, a most entertaining program to share, or some other little nicety, in would rush a most wicked loop of red tape. Sweeping this way and that, it would pull all the paints and pots, all the glue and scissors, all the bits of clay and bright cottonballs away from the children, and a loud voice of doom would boom through the room, intoning loud enough to crack the windows: THE BUDGET! WE MUST FOLLOW THE BUDGET!
Upon its leave taking, this dastardly red loop of tape would pull all the children’s artwork off the walls. With a maniacal cackle, it would promise to return sooner rather than later, and then it would be gone. No one knew from whence it came, nor could it be followed to its source. So it was that, though the children were very bright, shiny, and good to their parents, never did they have as much as a speck of artwork to bestow upon them even so much as once a week.
Fortunately, one day there came a roving knight errant, looking for a good deed to do – the very last one he’d need to do, so he could stop being a knight errant and be a knight staying home and spending time with his family instead – who happened upon a little girl from the school This little girl was just making her way home, slowly, in despair, knowing that while her parents loved her and would try to put on a brave face for her sake, really they were quite ashamed at the bareness of their refrigerator door.
The knight asked of her plight and, having been told the tale, set out to to best this loop of red tape. He had a plan, he assured her, and it was fool proof.
Do you know what that plan was?
Either do I, but, it’s a pretty good guess that Mrs Merry Lewers, the District Art teacher for the Oracle School District has an idea; as does Principal Dennis Blauser of the Mountain Vista School, wherein they recently started the school year with a brand new year round art program.
Students in 1st through 8th grade will get to take art for the entire school year. Mrs.
Lewers has students working on many different projects such as three dimensional paper mache sculptures; color wheels that teach shading; color hue recognition; and, color blending. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn Art history as well as Art appreciation.
Oracle School District’s budget override is what has allowed the district to offer this new art program, PE, Music, as well as to have reduced class sizes. The override is up for re-authorization this November.
Principal Dennis Blauser had this to say, “Every year we try to expand our programs to ensure that our students receive a well rounded education. In addition to Art in all grades we, also, created a Spanish elective for our junior high students. We are also considering a “Hip Hop” dance elective for the second semester”.
An article that I was given to “fun up” I’m a bit proud of it, because the original was .. well. .it would have made the Sahara look moist, on a good day. lol