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‘Dawn’ breaks at Smith Elementary By Mary Dannemiller

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After eight long months of painstakingly difficult and detailed work, Boyd E. Smith Elementary School students finally unveiled their clay mosaic, titled “Dawn” May 17. Though a core group of 17 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders were the lead artists, every student in the school worked on the clay mosaic, said art teacher April Cooper. “The leaves at the top were made by the majority of the students in the school,” she said. The students began working on the project in September and finished it Sunday, May 16.

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Boyd E. Smith Elementary School students worked on an art project for eight months to create this mosaic now on display in the front lobby.

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The mosaic at Boyd E. Smith Elementary School also includes a nod to Milford Junior High School teacher Steve Heck who will be traveling to space. “It’s been so great to see the students shine,” Cooper said. “Honestly, this it the greatest thing I’ve done in my life aside from having my children. I’m so proud that we were able to contribute something beautiful to the school.” Cooper and her students spent many lunch periods and hours after school working on the project, she said. “Specials only meet one day a week for 45 minutes and that really wasn’t enough time so they worked during lunch and after school,” she said. Aside from a greater appreciation for art, the students were able to learn many important lessons while working on the mosaic, Cooper said. “It taught the students perseverance, hard work, team work and about community,” she said.

“This is a community-based project. I tried to explain to them that this is by the community, for the community. It also gave them confidence in themselves and they learned how to reflect on their work.” Principal Jill Chin called the mosaic “beautiful” and said she was proud of the students’ work. “I think her vision and commitment really transferred to the kids,” she said. “She’s very good, as are all our teachers, at sharing a vision and getting students to work together. They’re sharing this legacy with the future children of Smith.” Chin and Cooper both thanked the parents who also helped with the project. “It’s so incredibly rewarding,” Cooper said. “Every bit of the way was so fun. I formed great relationships with the students and

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The group of 17 core students who were the project’s lead painters incorporated their names into the final product.

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Boyd E. Smith Elementary School students cut out letters to spell a message: “We all have something to teach each other. Teachers are learners. Students are teachers.” there were three moms who helped out a lot and now we’re good friends.”

For more photos of the mosaic, visit cincinnati.com/milford.

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Scarlet Oaks student Nina Volle teaches Seipelt Elementary School students how to use icing during Career Day Tuesday, May 18.

Seipelt students learn about careers Great Oaks students visited Seipelt Elementary School Tuesday, May 18, to talk to the children about everything from nursing to cake decorating. Heidi Huffer, the school’s title reading teacher and grade level coordinator, said the goal of Career Day was to show students how many opportunities are available to them. “What we’ve done in the past was invited partners from the community and parents to talk, but I thought these kids would connect with our students more,” she said. Students were polled about which careers they’d like to learn about and students studying those fields at Great Oaks were then invited to speak, Huffer said. Featured careers included culinary arts, emergency services, law enforcement, nursing and computer drafting.

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Jarod McCarthy demonstrates how to put on firefighter gear during the Seipelt Elementary School Career Day Tuesday, May 18.

PROVIDED

St. Louis School honored alum U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Erdy and his family at a Memorial Mass May 14. From left are: Robert Neville, eighthgrader and scholarship winner Cathy Neville, seventh-grader and scholarship winner Daria Hofman, Tim Hofman and Bill and Jane Erdy.

Erdy scholarships awarded MARY DANNEMILLER/STAFF

Alyssa Hinners talks to a group of students about nursing during Seipelt Elementary School Career Day Tuesday, May 18.

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Seipelt Elementary School student Vance Geeslin decorates a cupcake during Career Day Tuesday, May 18.

St. Louis School and church honored U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Erdy, fallen war hero and alum, and his family at a Memorial Mass at the school May 14. Through community support, the Nick Erdy Foundation offers scholarships to the schools that Erdy attended. Junior high students submitted essays

and winners of the scholarships were selected by the committee for demonstrations of Christian attitude, leadership and athletic participation. Winners were Cathy Neville of Fayetteville and Daria Hofman of Batavia.

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St. Louis School honored alum U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nick Erdy and his family at a Memorial Mass May 14. Here, fourth- and fifth-graders read a commemorative poem in Erdy’s honor.

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