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Students in Young Audiences' after-school programs get creative for Mother’s Day

Published: May 13, 2012


Students in Young Audiences' after-school programs will give mom some extra cheer this Mother’s Day with handmade cards and gifts that were created by the students with their teaching artists.

Several art disciplines were utilized to show appreciation for mom.

Kindergarten through eighth grade students at McDonough #32 made flowers and gift baskets out of tissue paper, 3-D cards with cutouts of hearts and butterflies and personalized picture frames.

The students also made “magic" wands for mom and wrote a wish on them, such as, “send my mom on a nice vacation.”

Students in the after-school music class at McDonough #32 wrote their own Mother’s Day rhymes and then recorded them live. The creative writing class wrote poems for their mom, and the gardening class planted sunflower seeds.

“Each after-school class did something mom-related,” said Revonda Darensborg, Young Audiences site coordinator for McDonough #32. “I told the teaching artists to come up with something interesting and run with it.”

At John Clancy Elementary School, students in a Young Audiences after-school newspaper class wrote their own Mother’s Day articles recalling their favorite memory of their mom.

Written in the style of a newspaper story, students included the “Who, What, Where, How, When and Why” elements, and placed their articles onto a mock "front page" of a newspaper.

“The holiday are always fun and a great time to be creative,” Darensborg said.

Young Audiences is a non-profit arts-in-education organization that serves approximately 100,000 school children in Louisiana each year. Music, Theater, Dance, Poetry and Storytelling and Visual Arts programs are developed to enhance and reinforce curriculum guidelines, improve academic skills and foster an appreciation for the arts. For more information, visit www.ya4la.org.


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