POMEROY — Students from Carleton School and Meigs Industries were at Mulberry Community Center on Thursday to drop off collected food items for the food pantry and to work on art projects.
Each month, with the help of Peggy Crane, students under her supervision at the Carleton School select a project for the month; in October the students focused on collecting potatoes for the Community Center. This month, they selected a food drive to help with the Center’s Thanksgiving needs.
It wasn’t long before the entire school became involved, including Meigs Industries, and it was decided the two classes that collected the most food would be treated to lunch at the Mulberry Country Kitchen.
Upon arriving at the Center, Meigs Industries adult students began unloading the food items. Many boxes were carried into the storeroom and the staff of the Center said they greatly appreciated the donations.
Then it was time for the food donation winners, their teachers and aides to take a break and have lunch. After lunch, the group participated in ongoing art projects directed by Peggy Crane. Every month, a different art project is offered. This month the project was Thanksgiving placemats for the Kitchen.
Crane, herself an artist, offers “Art” every Thursday at the Center after lunch. This opportunity is open to anyone who would like to participate and she encourages everyone to visit and grab a brush.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to be involved with students from Carleton School and Meigs Industries,” Crane said. “We have so many people who just drop by and participate.”
That afternoon, three home-schooled students stopped by to make placemats with the group. Crane patiently instructs and encourages each artist. Some struggle at first, but everyone flourishes under her supervision, making art unique to each person.
In art, there is no right or wrong way to draw a turkey, there is complete freedom of expression in the doing. At the art table, Crane has a gift of bringing out the artist inside each person.
In December, the art projects will involve Christmas spiders and snowmen earrings or pendants. Christmas spiders, you might ask? What is a Christmas spider?
A Christmas spider is a European folk tale from Germany or Ukraine that explains the origin of tinsel on Christmas trees. In Germany, Poland and Ukraine, finding a spider or a spider’s web on a Christmas tree is considered good luck.
So join the group any Thursday for Art at the Community Center. All that is required to participate is your presence.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.