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Meet Roswell’s Generation Z

Christina Stock Photo Sweet edible art brings joy to kids and shows their talents. One of the most popular booths during last year's HeART of Winter Arts and Language Arts Extravaganza at Berrendo Middle School was the cookie decorating station, which will take place again.

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HeART of Winter Arts and Language Arts Extravaganza shows the talent of Roswell’s children

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

The public is invited to the annual HeART of Winter Arts and Language Arts Extravaganza, which takes place at Berrendo Middle School, 800 Marion Richards Road, on Dec. 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. It is a school-wide, school-involved show with all the arts in school. The public can vote for their favorite work of art.

Brainchild of art educator Jeanette Main, the show reflects the creativity and talent Berrendo Middle School children have.

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Asked what the event is all about, Main said, “It’s a collaborative with all the teachers and then we just get all the kids involved. I’ve even got some of the language arts teachers right now telling me, ‘We’ve been doing drawings, we’re doing poems and stories to go with those drawings.’ They are already getting into it. That makes me feel good. I was excited.

“The grades are sixth grade to eighth grade, so about 11 to 14/15 years,” Main said. “My sixth graders are challenging my eighth graders this year, because I’ve got some super-talented sixth graders and a lot of talented kids, but some of those sixth graders are showing up those eighth graders and I told them that. I told them, you guys need to step up. I showed them some of the art work, and they said, ‘Oh, my gosh!’ I’m telling you, with a little bit of effort you guys can do it too. Nothing better than competition, and that from a younger grade. In my art classes I have 179 kids. I have one class of 39 and those are seventh graders. I did plaster masks with those 39 so I learned a lot just from that class because I had to learn to organize my groups and my time. It’s been good for me. I’ve grown a lot, learned a lot, but I still like smaller classes.”

Each year more classes participate.

“Exploratory under Ashley Stroud and leadership under Candace Lopez are doing a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project. And possibly a display from our tech department under Becky Blanco. Candace Lopez does the leadership class and then Angela McDonald does the family consumer sciences — they are going to be involved again with cookie decorating,” Main said. “There will also be music with music educator Whitney Bain.”

Over the years the teachers were pulled in, competing for the votes of their students. Last year they had to start and finish a painting contest within the show under the watchful eyes of the children, who cheered their favorite teachers on.

“We are going to try to get the teachers involved again. That should be fun. I don’t know what we are going to do with them,” Main said and laughed. Perhaps painting, crafting or sculpting and see what they come up with.”

The event is open to the public, not only relatives and friends of the children. Asked why the public should come to see what the children have done, Main said, “Because they can see some of the wonderful things these kids are doing today. We hear so much negative about students today and this is a bunch of great positive things and seeing how talented these kids are. Not only in the arts, not just in the sports, but also language arts and music, everything. It incorporates the whole community.

“This is Generation Z of Roswell — we have some very insightful kids. It’s very interesting to see how their mind goes with what they create,” Main said. Main recently was awarded the New Mexico Art Educators Association Middle School Teacher Award for her work, which includes this event.

For more information, email jmain@risd.k12.nm.us.


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