Sunday, December 16, 2012

Walker Elementary Students Lead Eight Schools on ‘Dare to Reuse’ Calendar

Hannah Icban.
Esteban Contreras
Inquiring young minds want to know what to do with items others might throw away and imagine the creativity of recycled art. With that in mind,Walker Elementary School Teacher Grace Nall entered her grade 4-5 class in the 2012 "Dare to Reuse" Art Contest.

Her students took on the art challenge to find creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle materials found in their homes. Esteban Contreras and Hannah Icban took top honors when their art work was selected for the 2013 "Dare to Reuse" Online Calendar.

Contreras' "Colorful and Powerful Peacock," made of used CDs, a sparkling squeeze ball, and a plastic container was selected for the Calendar¹s front cover. Icban¹s "Recycle that Flower," made of used plastic bottles, was chosen for the month of May. According to Julie Sands Tyne, Environmental Specialist at the City of San Diego, the 2013 Online Calendar will be available soon.

Other San Diego schools featured in the 2013 "Dare to Reuse" Calendar include Old Town Academy, Longfellow K-8, Bird Rock Elementary, Dingman Elementary, Kearny High School of International Business, Encanto Elementary, Kearny High School, and Field Elementary.

The New Children's Museum held a "Dare to Reuse" Art Reception in November to honor the students and art participants for their creativity and hard work. Those in attendance at the reception included San Diego City Council Member Todd Gloria and Rick Hawkins, Sales Manager for corporate sponsor WAXIE Sanitary Supply. The Student Art Exhibit continues until January 31. For more information, visit The New Children¹s Museum¹s website.

The "Dare to Reuse" Art Contest and Exhibit is sponsored by The City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, The San Diego County of Education, The New Children¹s Museum, and WAXIE Sanitary Supply. The contest is open to public and private schools in the City of San Diego in Grades 4-12. Entries are being considered for next year¹s contest and the deadline is March 22, 2013. For more information, contact Janice Duvall at the San Diego County of Education and or the City of San Diego website.