Program encourages creativity

Sharon Emerling
Contributing writer

This time of year, students at Landstuhl Elementary Middle School create projects centered on the theme for the annual Cultural Arts Fair. This year, the theme was, “I Am Really Happy When …”
Sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Student Association, the Reflections program encourages students to use their creative talents as they complete original projects in literature, visual arts, music or photography.
This year’s fair involved more than 250 students. Some winning interpretations included: “My daddy coming home” and “Playing Sports.”
All participants received a certificate and ribbon, while first, second and third place winners received gift certificates to the Army Air Force Exchange Services Bookmark.
Judges from the local community were present to witness firsthand the importance of a quality arts education and how it can help students to develop critical and problem-solving skills as well as creative expression.
“The cultural art fair is something that everybody, from preschool to eighth grade can participate in to explore all avenues of the arts,” said Karen Kantor, chairperson.
After the judging was concluded, parents were invited to come view the projects in the media center at an evening viewing. Class members visited throughout the week, giving students a chance to see their own work displayed, and to look through all of the “wonderful” projects submitted by classmates and friends.
While 34 students were recognized with awards, in reality there were more than 250 winners, according to spectators.