Words and Works by Campus School Students to be Displayed Downtown
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.– Some are making headlines now while others commanded the spotlight in past eras. All are “Great Changers,” according to first-grade students at the Smith College Campus School.
Throughout the past month, the students have been writing poetry and creating portraits to reflect men and women who have worked in non-violent and creative ways to change the world.
An exhibit of the first-graders’ artwork and poetry will be mounted at the A.P.E Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. The gallery is open every day from 12 to 5 p.m.
“As a class we refer to these folks as ‘Great Changers’,” said Kate Perkins, a first-grade teacher at the school. “Students used this as a way to practice their writer’s voices to inspire and educate others about important stories and history.”
As part of the curriculum, each first-grader selected a “Great Changer,” read about that individual and created an oil pastel portrait of the person.
The men and women range from the current—President Barack Obama and environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill—to historical figures, including Rosa Parks, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Amelia Earhart and Helen Keller. They include ecologist Jacques Cousteau, artist Georgia O’Keefe, dancer Alvin Ailey and British fossil collector Mary Anning.
The classes will also sell their poems and artwork in card format as a fundraiser, with the proceeds supporting the purchase of a piece of art for the Campus School.
Founded in 1926, the Smith College Campus School is a co-educational laboratory day school enrolling 270 children from Northampton and the surrounding communities in kindergarten through Grade 6. The school has a regular practice of community service that focuses on a range of local, national and international issues and needs.