Talent, creativity, music and food will highlight student achievements during the Night of Artistry Dec. 8 at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.
“We’re inviting friends and the public to come see all the amazing things that happen at the school,” said sixth-grade science teacher and event coordinator Jennifer Worthington.
Worthington said the school wanted to do something that showcases more than the academic side of the school and highlight the students’ interests.
“Coming back from the pandemic we wanted to show all students, beyond just the reading, writing and regular arithmetic that goes on here at the school,” said Worthington.
During the event hor D’oeuvres will be served by the food and nutrition students while band and choir provide music and the drama class perform scenes from Greek mythology.
Visitors can view displays and even purchase some creations by the art and ceramics class, Green Architecture and Computer Science, robotics, and design and modeling, and participate in games, puzzles and outdoor science activities.
“It’s a fun interactive event for everyone to enjoy and come see what is going on in the school,” said Worthington.
Worthington said aside from the other talents and performances happening at the event, students from the green architecture and computer science and art and ceramics classes are excited to show off their work and skills.
Both are new to the school and offer challenging and unique outlets for the students.
In the green architecture and computer science class eighth grader Scott Kelly said he wanted a skateboard rail and instead of buying one, he decided he would make it.
“I’m excited to try it,” said Kelly. “It was fun to build.”
Brock Vasey built a ski rack because his mom didn’t like when the skis dripped water in the house, he said.
“We ski a lot, so now we have a cool rack to put them when we’re done,” he said.
The class challenges students to come up with an idea or solution to a problem, create the design and build it using repurposed coat hooks, wood, boxes and more through computer science techniques and woodshop skills.
In the art and ceramics class students learn how to create various designs, including wheel thrown bowls, ornaments, soap dishes and more.
“We’re excited because this program is new, it hasn’t been offered in about five years,” said eighth grade ceramics teacher Allison Meyer. “It’s been fun to see everyone try a new fun art.”
Worthington said the students have been excited about the classes offered at the school and they’re looking forward to showcasing what they’ve created and learned.
“Once you find that connection, the kids want to be here,” said Worthington. “Their creativity, curiosity and talents really shine.”
A Night of Artistry will be 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the cafeteria and gym at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School. The event is free to the public. Student creations are available for purchase for cash or checks only.