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digital arts studeNts vyiNg for moNey Kings High School students enrolled in the school’s AP Digital Media Arts class are among students in just five schools that will have a chance to win more than $10,000 in scholarships and prizes. That’s because the honors class has been accepted into the Taft Museum of Art’s Artists Reaching Classrooms—ARC— program. Professional artists will come to the class to talk to students about the creative and practical aspects of a career in art. They will learn about several different career paths. In addition, the students will be headed to artists’ studios to see firsthand what tools are used and to experience that environment. They will also travel twice to the Taft Museum of Art to explore. The students will have to complete on research project on a piece of art in the museum’s collection and create something of their own in response to their experience. They will also write artist’s statements reflecting what they learned. The program ends with an exhibit of selected student artwork.

teacher turNiNg trash iNto cash Don’t throw away those empty Frito Lay chip bags, cookie wrappers or drink pouches. Kings High School environmental science teacher Michelle Wysong has found a new venue to recycle the products and get money for the school. For each cookie wrapper, pouch or bag, TerraCycle will give the school a penny or two. The company uses the material to make such products as kites made out of Oreo cookie bags and backpacks sewn from Clif bar wrappers. Look for information to be coming out soon on the collection efforts as she finalizes plans. Once enough materials are collected they will be mailed in. Information:

Mason-Deerfield Township Our Town Magazine, August 2009  

August 2009 edition of Our Town magazine, serving Mason and Deerfield Township in Greater Cincinnati