Happy April Break! Read on to hear how Lakeview celebrated the last day before break, and learn about a student art exhibit that could be a great addition to your vacation itinerary.
Career Day at Lakeview Elementary: The Friday before April break was a special day at Lakeview. Ten different guests from the community set up stations in and around the school, and students spent the day touring each station to learn about the different kinds of work done by members of their community. Supported and coordinated by the PLUS Team (People for Lakeview Union School), the list of guest presenters included:
- Vermont State Police – David Upson
- Greensboro Fire Department – Dave Brochu, Jr., Devin Burgess and John Moffatt
- Jasper Hill dairy farmers – Dave Thomas and Brandi Robinson
- Town of Greensboro Road Foreman- Tom Camarra
- Craftsbury Outdoor Center athletes – Jen Forbes and Hallie Grossman
- Ben and Jerry’s food scientist – Luke Garguilo
- Black Dirt Farm compost and vegetable farmer – Tom Gilbert
- Family Nurse Practitioner – Jeri Wohlberg
- Computer Scientist- Dave Martin
- Performing Artist – Taryn Noelle
Art and Environmentalism: On April 7th, a show of student artwork from around the state will be installed at the Burlington International Airport, presenting environmentally themed student artwork in conjunction with Green Up Day. This show, coordinated by Hazen art teacher James Lockhart, is part of his long-time commitment to integrating nature and environmental education into art curriculum.
James not only designs art curriculum that helps students connect to the natural world, he also cultivates opportunities to showcase the environmental messages students convey through their art. A few years ago, Hazen eighth-graders crafted life-sized sculptures of every major fish species in Lake Champlain! This integrated art and science project culminated in a show at the ECHO Center in Burlington. The next year, James and Hazen student artists teamed up with the VT Statehouse curators to produce the first one-school show at the VT Statehouse, this time featuring artwork to raise awareness of the endangered bird species of District 14. Last year, interested in bringing student work and their environmental message to an even bigger audience, James connected with the CEOs of Burlington International Airport, both of whom are on the Green UP VT board, and coordinated a Green Up-themed student art show, this time collaborating with eight other schools as well. The show was so successful that it is not only happening again this year, but is already scheduled for next year,too, and now includes scholarship prizes for student artists. Visit this year’s show at BTV between April 5th and May 31st!