Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Teachers promote week with art

April 26, 2007

Childcare provider Sherri Proffitt organized an art opening of sorts Monday.

Although the pieces are made of paper plates and construction paper and the exhibition spaces are more akin to pizzerias than gallerias, Proffitt helped find a way to show off the creative talent of local preschoolers.

The displays are for the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Week of the Young Child. The week began Sunday and will last until Saturday.

Proffitt, who coordinates the Kaw Valley Family Child Care Providers Association, helped five local daycare and preschool providers display their student's artwork.

Proffitt said the project was created to encourage and promote quality care for young children.

Proffitt also runs Sherri's Little Treasures Daycare.

This year marks the first time Eudora providers participated in the week, Proffitt said. Other daycare providers in the county have participated in the past, she said.

"It's just some kind of thing we thought would be fun," Proffitt said.

It was relatively simple to pull together after representatives from a county resource center contacted her, Proffitt said.

"It was really just a matter of making phone calls and getting the message out," Proffitt said.

Proffitt and Krisha Vandusen chose to hang their student's works up Monday morning at Simple Simon's Pizza. Vandusen runs The Learning House preschool with Kari Abram.

Vandusen had her students create pictures of sheep by using cotton balls. Proffitt's students made and colored ladybugs out of paper plates.

The children enjoyed creating the art, Vandusen said.

"They love to do anything that's hands-on, honestly," Vandusen said.

Bill Folks, owner of Simple Simon's Pizza, 10 W. Ninth St., welcomed the student's artwork.

"It's just good to be able to give back to the community," Folks said. "A lot of the kids are in here all the time and it's nice to be able to give them a place to display something they are proud of," Folks said.

Proffitt said she hoped to do more to spread the week's message next year.

"We wish more providers next year will be able to participate," Proffitt said.

The art can be found at Simple Simon's Pizza, Gambino's Pizza/Hero Deli, 1402-D Church St., Curves, 704 Main St., and Durkin's Hardware, 218 E. 20th St.

Providers participating are Sherri's Little Treasures, The Learning House, Little Learners and Child's Home.

For more information about the week or childcare options in Eudora, call Proffitt at 542-3919.

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