Four R-12 students from Dresden were selected to represent the school for a Senate exhibit recently. Republican Senator Mike Parson will pick the one that will represent our Senate District. (Each school in our Senate District sends four entries). R-12 art teacher Ivan Ramirez sent works from Cameron Karbinas 2nd grade, Makensy Miller 5th, Juan Quetzecua, 6th and Dylan Wolfe 8th.
In addition, four were selected to represent Pettis County R-12 School at the Capitol Youth Art Month Exhibit. Each school in the state sends up to four artworks. Winners get to shake the First Lady’s hand, talk to our Legislators, and there will be also be a scavenger hunt and a bus full of art activities for them. There can win an opportunity to go to New York City. Students from Dresden include: Parker Brown, 1st grade, McCade Curry 5th, Jennifer Tienda 7th and Jose Portillo 8th. This is the fourth year Dresden has participated in the contest. The artwork will be on display in the Rotunda through mid-March.
“It highlights the importance of the arts,” Ramirez noted. The event used to feature music as well as art, but “the art part got so big, that we get a day for ourselves.”
“I have a group of teachers that help me every year go through all of the art pieces, and then we choose four pieces to send from 160 kids,” Ramirez explained of the selection process.
“We will have many art activities during the month of March such as Spirit days, an art assembly, a bucket brigade interactive assembly and an art night for the community,” Ramirez said. “Pre-school will be doing chalk drawings outside for parent-teacher conferences, first and second grades are writing letters to our military, some grades are doing “Heart for Haiti” for the auction and some students are decorating reusable brown paper shopping bags,” he said.
“Even the teachers have a coloring contest, while the middle school has a door-decorating contest,” he added. “So everybody participates.”
This is Marirez’ fourth year of teaching art at Dresden.
Shown in the group photo are Parker Brown, 7, first grade; Jose` Portillo, 13, eight grade; Jenniffer Tienda, 13, seventh grade; and McCade Curry, 11, fifth grade.