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Jordan-Matthews art students create mural with help of fellow students

Posted Monday, September 27, 2010

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Siler City, NC - Art II, Art III, and Art IV students at Jordan-Matthews High School are collaborating with two other classes to create a mural on one of the temporary walls erected for building renovations near the art classroom. The students scheduled two days, September 7th and 8th, to work with classes of special needs students in creating the mural. The project is called “Working Together.”

Students in wheelchairs were able to paint the horizon line for the landscape as they rode by the wall with paint rollers. The art students helped in that process and also filled in parts of the mural.

Prior to the painting days, the students became better acquainted by learning about interests of students in the other class.

“Art students have made new friends by partnering with their fellow students to beautify the temporary construction walls at Jordan-Matthews. I hope this experience will inspire them on to volunteerism in the future,” said art teacher June Arthurs, who had the idea for the collaboration.

In addition, the art students have been challenged to request five-minute visits each week with their new special needs teammate to share their time reading poetry, listening to music, creating art work, or just talking.

Arthurs noted how important it is for the special needs students to be included in school projects such as this one. She stressed how her art students are gaining experience helping others as well. Both are developing relationships they would have been less likely to have without this experience. She hopes the art department is setting precedent for other classes in the school to follow.

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