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Nov. 19, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Seven pieces of artwork produced by students attending the Horace Mann Laboratory School at Northwest Missouri State University now hang in the President's Conference Room of the Administration Building.
Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski and first lady Denise Jasinski unveiled the artwork during a gathering with the students and their parents Thursday afternoon in the president's office.
"We are so happy to have this artwork in this room and it will certainly liven our discussions," the president said. "We talk a lot about student success at Northwest, and this is living proof of that on all levels."
Horace Mann art instructor Erin Oehler said students at the laboratory school as well as the university are fortunate to be engaged such an active learning environment on the Northwest campus.
"Art is more than just pretty pictures or a chance for students to express themselves creatively," Oehler said. "The arts provide the structure for critical thinking and problem-solving of all kinds - for solving problems we've not even predicted yet. The 'pretty pictures' are laying the groundwork for developing that skill so valued by employers - the ability to think outside the box. Here we not only recognize this but we value it, encourage it and honor it."
The artwork includes a ceramic mask, bamboo painting, watercolor landscape and a chilkat blanket.
The students whose artwork is displayed in the room are Sarah Smith, sixth level; Caleb Adwell, fifth level; Jiale Zheng, fourth level; Jordan Piveral, third level; Zachary Smith, second level; Emily Yocum, first level; and Ella Jennings, kindergarten.
Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center, is an innovative program that provides a clinical experience for pre-service teachers, and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages 3 through sixth grades. Housed in Brown Hall, Horace Mann Laboratory School is a kindergarten-sixth grade school with about 130 students. Additionally, early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are based in the Early Childhood Center on the lower level.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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