The start of each school year is a new beginning for children and the relation to their individual success is crucial. It is a time for meeting new friends, establishing relationships and building the foundation for a positive classroom community.
Feeling valued, welcome, and safe is imperative for their confidence and growth and are the core beliefs of our Georgia Elementary School staff and community.
To help kick-off the year with fun and artistic creation, Sarah Frechette and Jason Thibodeaux, have been working with elementary classrooms, inspiring creativity through the creation of individual mask-making.
Students explored African Masks because there is a special connection between the creation and wearing steps of mask-making and the community that is established from such work. Students learn about self-expression, exhibiting individual personality, and the importance of each person’s special role within their community.
Masks will be displayed in each classroom setting and students will participate in a parade to showcase their work. Students had these things to say about their learning experiences with mask-making.
“I am a masketeer.”
“We are all learning together.”
“I can help you if you’d like.”
“I love art!”
“Thank you, Ms. Sarah and Mr. Jason”