Emojis, video game references, sports teams- individually decorated spoons represent each student or staff member at Elmwood Elementary School. Together, they make a beautiful piece of art.
At the end of last year, an Elmwood social worker approached art teacher Chris Majack with the book “Spoon” by Amy Krouse; the educators collaborated to develop a project around how each person (or spoon) has a unique look and purpose but fits into the larger world in an important way - much like their students.
Each student and staff member decorated a spoon depicting a personal philosophy that helped convey a sense of self. Then over the summer, Mr. Majack spent about 40 hours connecting the more than 750 spoons to make a piece of art titled "Together We are Beautiful" to hang in the hallway on the first day of school.
“Individuality connects to something bigger and great. Together students can create something beautiful,” said Mr. Majack. “Instead of working on art by themselves, maybe they bring other people in. Art becomes one of those things that connects them.”
During the first weeks of school, Mrs. Bradbury and Mr. Majack will co-teach an SEL lesson on collaboration and individuality to give their efforts a deeper meaning. He also plans to reach out to the author for share how her book impacted the Elmwood community.