This Thanksgiving season, students at West Elementary are expressing thankfulness through art.
The Black History Museum of Warren County is sponsoring art contests for elementary schools. Up first in November was West Elementary with a theme of “Something I am Thankful For.”
“I’m amazed at the talent these children have,” said Wayne Wolford, curator of the Black History Museum of Warren County. “Each piece of art is unique.”
Those chosen, 30 total, are currently on exhibit at the museum and will remain up through November. Allyson Rivera is thankful for her parents.
“My parents have always been there for me,” said Allyson. “They take care of me. They are great parents. They mean a lot to me and I’m very thankful to have them.”
Addison Eller is thankful for a lot of things: drinks, school, teachers, her house, and toys.
“I drew a lot of stuff that I’m grateful for that some people don’t have,” said Addison.
Emma Wafenbarger is thankful for friends.
“This is Ms. Michelle, this is Irie and this is Sadie,” said Emma. “I’m thankful for all of them. This is a TV that we’re watching. This is a bed and this is my pillow.”
Blakelee Delph is thankful for his mother and aunt.
“I tried to draw my mom as a pop star because when she was younger she was,” said Blakelee. “I messed up on her hair. This is my auntie.”
Art is a great outlet for expression.
“This art contest by the Black History Museum of Warren County is a terrific outreach to our schools on the museum’s part,” said Carol Neal, Warren County School’s gifted education coordinator for grades K-8.
Winners of West Elementary School’s art contest will be provided an ice cream party at the school cafeteria on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Wolford will present each child a ribbon and trophy.