Art students coloring Cassopolis
Published 9:48 am Thursday, February 27, 2014
The art room at Cassopolis High School has been buzzing with service projects.
Cass Can approached Ross Beatty art teacher Shelly Johnson last spring with a Cassopolis beautification plan. The project began in the fall when committee members applied a fresh coat of paint to the Broadway Avenue park benches. High school art students took it from there.
Student groups created designs for the benches based on a butterfly theme. Because the idea behind the project is a rejuvenation and revitalization of Cassopolis, the butterfly is an appropriate symbol.
Groups began with the butterfly symbol and highlighted a feature of Cassopolis within each bench.
“We chose to design our butterfly with diamonds in it to represent Diamond Lake,” said student Melody Cutting. “We made it as beautiful as possible to symbolize the beauty in our town.”
As student Lance Sheteron said, “Seeing the artwork come to life makes me feel good, because I can say, ‘I did that.’”
Junior high and high school art students are also contributing their talents to the new high school youth health clinic, scheduled to open by March 1.
“Cassopolis Family Clinic is extremely pleased to feature art projects created by Cassopolis students for the new Ranger Wellness Center, located at Ross Beatty Jr./Sr. High School,” executive director Mary Geegan-Middleton said. “When we were designing the clinic we chose Cassopolis school colors and fun furniture with students in mind, so they would feel welcome and comfortable. We’re delighted to incorporate original art created by the students themselves, and would like to thank Mrs. Johnson for her vision in showcasing the talents of her art students.”
Student Janye Butts sums up both projects by saying, “I think it’s good for kids to get involved in work like this because we are giving back to the community.”