It may seem odd to have middle school students create a mural map of Pennsylvania when their teachers are not art teachers, but the cross curricular project involved a team of teachers and students at DuBois Area Middle School.
Middle school math teacher Barb Smith decided to apply for a grant to create the mural in cooperation with Brockway Center for Arts and Technology. The grant was a lengthy process, and was supplied through the DuBois Area Schools Education Foundation.
Smith fees the effort was worthwhile. “Some things are completely and utterly worthwhile and the mural makes me smile every time I look at it. I think of how great my kids did and how great it looks in the school. I’m willing to write it (a grant) if something good is going to come out of it,” she said.
With the grant, middle school Team Z teachers collaborated to create a mural made of ceramic tile shaped like the state of Pennsylvania. They researched the repiles and amphibians native to Pennsylvania, and a team of artists from BCAT helped the students to research and visually show each animal.
“The creation of the mural was the culminating project for a well-planned cross curricular project,” Principal Wendy Benton said. “We are constantly trying to find ways to make learning relevant to students. This project successfully incorporated the academic standards of all core subject areas while providing an outlet for students to explore the arts. Even better than that, the project provided students with an opportunity to be a part of a beautiful piece of artwork that will be cherished at DAMS for many years to come.”