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News from Cherry Valley Elementary School

POLSON — Cherry Valley is a vibrant school filled with individuals who love to learn! Every year, Cherry Valley hosts a special celebration to showcase student work, specifically art, that has been compiled throughout the school year. This year’s “Night of the Arts” was fittingly named the “Under Construction Art Show-Building little Artists,” due to the construction project happening at our school. Those who attended the April 25th event had the opportunity to not only enjoy art, but also create some art of their own. 

Cherry Valley’s “Night of the Arts” has been a long-standing tradition for over 20 years. Former principal Elaine Meeks and community volunteer Edna Lemm were instrumental in getting the event started. Year after year, Cherry Valley teachers put in the hard work to transform the whole building into a giant art gallery. Every single “Night of The Arts” event has had a different theme, and the creative planning put into it, makes the building a truly magical space. First-grade teacher, Mrs. Bowen, has been the lead of Cherry Valley’s “Night of the Arts” committee for many years and helps organize this well attended event. She is an art enthusiast and helps Cherry Valley maintain all the art supplies so that kids can enjoy creating art in their classrooms. 

The amount of art produced by our students this year was stunning! Spectators enjoyed bee and hot air balloon art made with paper mache’. A first-grade class created nests and beautified an actual tree for display in our hallway. Some teachers had students paint themselves as construction workers or driving bulldozers. There was a huge variety of art created by preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders. Art plays such an important role in the development of young children. Self-expression and creativity flourish when students can draw, cut, paste, paint, and build with interesting materials. 

Parents and students worked together to create several different art pieces on the 25th. Self-portraits were drawn on sticky notes and collaged together to make a giant sign stating, “Everyone’s an Artist.” To go along with the theme of construction, people also created blueprints of a school they would build. It was fun to watch the creativity and collaboration. All-in-all, there were about 600 people who came through our doors this year to enjoy the amazing displays! Cherry Valley is very proud to continue this annual “Night of The Arts” tradition. 

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