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Steenrod Students’ Artwork Now On Display

Photo Provided – Steenrod Elementary School second grade teacher Jenna Daugherty is shown with students Charlee Dupke, Laylah Burkhart and Brennan Seals. They are pictured with artwork they helped to create as part of a project with the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media.

WHEELING – The collaborative artistic efforts of Steenrod Elementary School second graders has resulted in a beautiful piece of artwork now on display at the school’s entrance.

Over the course of a four-month period during the 2019-2020 school year, Steenrod students in the classes of Jenna Daugherty and Kathy Karras took part in a project under the direction of Lindsey Huff, a visiting artist with the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media. The students were immersed in the integration of math and art, and they learned about area and spatial visualization.

The students used specialized hammers and nails to pound recycled tin cans onto individual planks of wood. These planks were then put together, resulting in a beautiful display to showcase the work of the Cardinal students. Once the project was completed, Mr. Wil Myers, from Wheeling Park High School, put it together for public display.

Steenrod Elementary School Principal Michelle Dietrich said the project was funded through a grant from The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Chevron and The EQT Foundation — supporting funders for the Innovation Grants through Intermediate Unit 1. She said it was amazing to see the development of this project from concept to completion.

“Not only did it teach math and art, it also helped the students realize the value of hard work and persistence,” Dietrich said. “It was difficult for the students to handle the tools at the beginning, but they became more competent and confident as they practiced. They have a great sense of pride as they walk past their work of art each time they enter the building.”

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