West of Whitefish on a windy road, sits Olney-Bissell school. I thought I was lost after driving so long without seeing any buildings. The school is beautiful and the students were very excited. The school's cook saw the artwork first and said, "Oh this is going to be great! These kids need some culture in their lives!" They definitely enjoyed the artwork. They took their time looking at the work until someone found a spider that had made a home on the dress. The day was great, and the whole trip was great.
The first thing the teacher said to me when I pulled up was "You are going to have so much fun. We have the best kids!" I loved how proud she was of her school and her students. She was right too, I did have fun! it was great to see all of the wonderful things the students were creating. My personal favorites were the owl and the hand, but all of the young artists impressed me that day.
What a fun day! It was a beautiful day so we took our art making outside. The older students performed a fantastic fashion show that highlighted their creativity and sense of humor. Lots of smiles and lots of laughs, the perfect way to spend a day.
The students at Seeley Elementary were really excited about the Art Mobile. I set up right before lunch and the next thing I knew, kids were trying to skip their lunch to look at the artwork. Luckily they had plenty of time to explore the gallery. These students were big explorers! The school prides itself on it's cross-country skiing and mountain biking. In the cafeteria they have their gear rentals for the school. Not only do they go skiing as a school one a week in the winter, the students can take the gear for the weekends, which they do all year long. As I continued my journey up the valley between the Mission and the Swan Mountains, I was pretty content with my job.
Seeley Swan High School is the only high school in the entire valley. The school is surrounded by pines and is away from the beaten path. The school has a great garden that the students maintain all year long. It had fresh greens and beets growing when I visited. I stayed with a host family that had a wonderful house overlooking acres of woods. They fed me delicious food and gave me a warm bed so I was grateful.
Story about taking Speaking Volumes, Transforming Hate to the elementary audience, by Anna Paige