JUDY SLEETH ART SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO GREENEVIEW
Greeneview Local Schools is pleased to announce our receipt of a $2,500 Judy Sleet Art Scholarship. From these monies, third grade students and teachers will receive art materials, access to online teacher training and lessons, and ongoing instructional support through the year. Greeneview was notified the grant was awarded to teacher, Mrs. Jane Aronhalt. She applied for the grant in the spring on behalf of Greeneview and she will coordinate the program’s implementation. This scholarship can be extended for an additional year if program guidelines are met this year.
The scholarship is funded through the generous donors of the Judy Sleeth Scholarship Fund, which honors Art in Action’s founder. This is the second year of the program. Last year, the program impacted 560 students in seven schools throughout California. The scholarship was awarded to ten schools this year, and the funding will arrive in early September. We are extremely grateful to the selection committee for our selection from over 30 applications nationwide. This year, other recipients are from California, Illinois, and Iowa.
In addition to her math intervention services, Mrs. Aronhalt has provided artistic support to teachers and students over the past three years. Jane also teaches private art classes through her business, Red Wagon Art, and many residents, staff members, and students have participated in her courses. She believes art is an extremely important aspect of the elementary curriculum because it allows kids to express their creativity and develop their artistic abilities. She applied for this grant to increase access to art education because there is so much research that stresses the overall educational benefits of participation in the arts. Jane applied for this grant because she is a firm believer in the Sleet Art Scholarship motto, “every child deserves art.”
In the past two years Jane has led several art projects that benefited Greeneview Schools and its students. Last year, all elementary classrooms contributed a piece of artwork to be auctioned off during the elementary PTO carnival. Classroom teachers worked with Jane to complete the student-created pieces, and the project generated $1,500 for Greeneview PTO. At the middle school, she worked with all 5th grade staff and students to create a glass mosaic tree, which now hangs in a prominent place in the building. Each 5th grade student created a leaf from glass scraps and small mementos from home to personalize the artwork. Members of the staff completed the mosaic trunk. Two years ago, Jane partnered with several high school students to create a park bench which is now located outside the High School library. Jane developed these projects because she likes community projects and feels these activities bring students together so they can see how their individual contributions contribute to a large-scale project.
The addition of these grant funds will allow Greeneview Local Schools to expand art education to our elementary students. This program will be a great launch-point to our courses we offer in grades 4-12. It will provide our students with increased opportunities to express themselves artistically, and it will promote growth academically.