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Falcon Flash: College daze and artists

by Jaiden Pino, Veronica Grant, and Haylea Perrino

Artist Desiree Della Guardia tye dyeing with a group of students on Artist Day at Gardner School.  Left to right: Desiree, Domnick Gonzales, Nevaeh Sandoval-Bobian, Dalton Robison, and Brianna Pacheco.  Photo courtesy Gardner School.
Artist Desiree Della Guardia tye dyeing with a group of students on Artist Day at Gardner School. Left to right: Desiree, Domnick Gonzales, Nevaeh Sandoval-Bobian, Dalton Robison, and Brianna Pacheco. Photo courtesy Gardner School.

GARDNER — Gardner’s seventh and eighth grade classes visited Trinidad State Junior College on May 2nd.

“While we were there, we got to learn what college is all about,” Veronica Grant said. While at TSJC, Gardner school students got to sit through an actual college lecture. Then they went on a tour of the campus. Gardner students also had lunch with the college students and took a tour of the TSJC museum.

Preschool through second grade performed in a program for their families on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 pm. The preschool and kindergarten did the Mexican hat dance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, then sang and danced to a medley of the “The Chicken Dance,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” After their performance each preschool student gave their mother a single rose, while each kindergartener presented their mother with a flower planted in a pot that they painted.

First and second graders read aloud biographies about their mothers in honor of Mother’s Day for their portion of the program. Each student was tasked with interviewing his/her mother and writing a short biography about her. They also added their own insight to their pieces. Each student read his/her piece to the audience, and then presented their mother with a handmade necklace.

Later that week, on one of the most anticipated days of the school year, artists filled the halls of Gardner School Thursday, May 5 for the 21st annual Artist Day. On Artist Day, area artists donate an afternoon to share their love of art with Gardner School students. Prior to Artist Day, students chose which art projects they would like to participate in; then, they were placed in various sessions. Each student attended two sessions.

This year, 15 artists shared their expertise with very eager students. Douglas Blytheman instructed about pastels, Rose Williams used water colors, Albert Climer taught about abstract Southwest paintings, Susan Botelho made felt decorations with the students, and Jaye Sudar interested students in sewing. In addition, Carey Linn shared Sumi-e painting, Ellie Linke created Ojos de Dios, while Lana and Steve Wachterman facilitated work on an outdoor mural. Teresa McCain taught a class on star weaving, and Desiree Della Guardia tye-dyed shirts and handkerchiefs with students. Emad Trujillo helped students construct bird houses, Harold Vargas demonstrated print making, Jimmy Robison fabricated plaster sculptures, and Cathy Cordova engaged students in rock paining.

After so much hard work, students were happy to unwind when Gardner School students traveled to the YMCA and Skate City in Pueblo on May 9 for the annual all school field trip. Upon arrival at the YMCA, students were separated into three groups to enjoy rock climbing, play dodge ball, and play island tag. After rotating through the three activities, students went swimming in their indoor pool. After a picnic lunch at the YMCA, everyone went skating at Skate City.

Open house and family night was held on Tuesday May 10. Open House is a tradition where family members and friends come to Gardner school to see the work the students have been doing. Each classroom has yummy food and each of the students work on their desk, this way the family and friends can see what students are doing in school.

This year, our Open House included family night, because every time we scheduled family night in the park, the weather was bad. So, we combined Family Night into Open House. At Open House, there were tons of people playing games and eating the delicious food and having an amazing time. There was a lot of laughing and enjoyment.

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