On June 17, the walls of Heritage Elementary School in Huntingdon were brightly decorated to greet approximately 200 people who visited for end-of-year festivities. The art show was a culmination of the lessons that students learned under the tutelage of teacher Lexie Tucker. The collections throughout the hallways, cafeteria, and basement mini-gym displayed the many varied mediums the students had experimented with throughout the year, including watercolour, weaving, print-making, collage, and more. “It was lovely to see the positive reactions of the students and their families,” Tucker said. “It was a perfect way to showcase the hard work they’ve done all year.” A silent auction included items on which students from each class had collaborated.
The art show was a new addition to an annual evening of special events held in the final week of classes. During the celebration of volunteers who help out at the school, approximately 30 people gathered for treats donated by IGA Bergeron in Huntingdon. In his welcome, principal Eric Colbert expressed how important volunteering is to Heritage Elementary. “There were six staff members here yesterday for six hours — on a Sunday! — to work on this very special art gallery project for the students. They volunteered their time and passion!” Colbert also underlined the contributions of parents and other volunteers throughout the school year: “Without volunteers, this school would not be the same. The students would not be so happy and feel so good about themselves. Coming together as a school community is extremely important for the wellbeing of our students. On behalf of the elementary staff and students and on behalf of the entire school community, I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you do here.” Volunteers were gifted plants raised by the horticultural class at the adult ed centre (HAECC) with supplies furnished by Heritage. The evening culminated in a talent show showcasing students in dance, singing, guitar, piano, and comedy skits.
Tucker is already looking forward to repeating the gallery project. “Now that this first art show is done, I have big plans for next year,” she said. “Hopefully the Celebration of the Arts will become an annual event. I can’t wait!”