Students Picture America

London City Schools recently received 40 reproductions of historically significant paintings from the Picturing America program. Displaying a few selections are London Elementary students: (front row) Joshua Landis and Katie Johnson holding Childe Hassam’s "Allies Day May 1917;" Riley Elliott and Destiny Williams holding N.C. Wyeth’s cover illustration for the book, "The Last of the Mohicans;" (back row) Kenyon Brown and Kaylee McCarley holding Winslow Homer’s "A Veteran in a New Field."

They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words," to which London City Schools might add, "and a whole bunch of art, history, civics and literature lessons."

The district is among 26,000 schools and public libraries nationwide to receive the National Endowment for the Humani-ties’ new Picturing America initiative.

The package consists of 40 large, high-quality reproductions of paintings that capture different facets of America’s history and culture. Examples include Norman Rockwell’s "Freedom of Speech" and Emanuel Leutze’s "Washington Crossing the Delaware." The collection also comes with a teacher’s resource book for ways to incorporate the art into instruction in a variety of subjects.

"I have talked to the industrial tech person at the high school to see if we can get some easels made to display the art," said media specialist Shauna Good, who applied for the Picturing America program on behalf of London City Schools.

The materials are available for use and display by teachers at the elementary, middle and high school buildings.

"They are a great way to teach American history and culture by bringing great art into classrooms and libraries," Good said.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will offer Picturing America to more schools and libraries in 2009. All eligible organizations may apply for the program through Oct. 31 at PicturingAmerica.neh.gov.

Picturing America is distributed by NEH in cooperation with the American Library Association.

Book Fair at London Elementary
London Elementary School’s Scholastic book fair is set for Nov. 7-14. The theme is "Go on a Fun Safari for Books." The public is invited to shop for books in the first floor media center. The hours for Nov. 7 are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The week of Nov. 10, the hours are: Monday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. during parent-teacher conferences; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. during parent-teacher conferences; and Friday, 8 to 11 a.m.

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