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May 28, 2020

4/24/2020 12:00:00 PM
Elementary school art project during COVID-19

There are amazing stories every day about the good people do to help others deal with the isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of those stories deals with art at the elementary school level in the Dodgeville school district.
After 20 years as the high school art teacher at Ripon, Amber Boone accepted the elementary art position in Dodgeville.
"It has been a good move," says her husband, Ron, who has been drafted to help with her latest idea. "She loves it here."
Her latest project took some doing to bring together but she found a way. First she came up with the idea to provide clay for her students they could mold and return. At that point she will fire them in the kiln at the elementary school and return them to the students for painting.
Second, she came up with the clay. A call to Paoli Clay was met with the response, "how much do you need?" She told them 200 pounds and it was a done deal.
Third was the assembly. She obtained 200 sandwich bags that now contain the clay. They have been put into brown bags donated by Piggly Wiggly.
It truly became a wide reaching community project.
Fourth was distribution and that took place Monday at the high school during the distribution of the free lunches. She and Ron were there to hand out the clay with came with complete instructions about how the project works.
"There are suggestions included of what can be done with the clay," Ron said.
Amber is also welcoming questions along with pictures of the projects in various modes of completion.
Future dates for pick ups of the DES Creativity Bags are May 4, May 18 and June 1. Pick up times are 10:30 to 12:30 at Dodgeville High School during the distribution of free lunches.
A complete list of sponsors supporting the project are Paoli Clay Company, DES PTC, Dodgeville Wal-Mart, Piggly Wiggly, The Dodgeville Chronicle and the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce.






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