High Five for Arts Alive!

Mary Annis makes a "Dizzy Disk"

Valley Grange was a proud supporter of the PCES (Piscataquis Community Elementary School) Arts Alive Program this year… which included nearly 350 kids–kindergarten through sixth grade and nearly 150 adults–teachers, staff and community volunteers. Our volunteer team included Jim and Mary Annis, Nathalee Marsh, Lois Prescott, Betty Van Dyke, Janice Boomsma, Linda Erwin and of course me! Since among my tasks I got to help reporter Laura Roberts from WABI-TV 5 by carrying her tripod, check out the story on their website. (We do appreciate the media’s interest and support of these local community events!)

Of course we “get back” a lot of satisfaction and just plain fun from activities like this. It’s great to see so many people (including the kids) working together to make things happen–and to hear the kids laughter and see their projects!

Lois Prescott helps with Shaving Cream Art

While working with the kids keeps us young, it also means naps! I’ll bet most of us will confess to collapsing at the end of the day so in addition to keeping us young, working with the kids gives us an appreciation for what teachers deal with every day. And did I mention how much WE learn in the process?

Thanks to everyone who helped make this day special by making fun arts and making arts fun! I don’t think Guilford has seen this much color and heard this much laughter and fun for a while.