ASPEN SCHOOL News:
The students and families of Aspen Elementary School were treated to an Australian Adventure Wednesday night, April 19.
Under the capable direction of Aspen’s specials teachers, Britt Williams (art), Andrea Dowdy (music), Jeff Lloyd (library) and Mark Guider (P.E.), the hallways of the school became an awesome immersion into Australian culture. Walls were lined with authentic artwork created by every child in the school. The gym was a hubbub of noise and excitement as students assembled and decorated foxtails, later using them for active games. In the dining hall, plate after plate of Australian delicacies were available to sample – including ginger beer, various flavors of licorice, Anzac biscuits, and TimTam chocolate cookies to name just a few.
Digeridoos were crafted from cardboard tubes and colored masking tape. Deep hooting sounds rang throughout the halls as excited kids honed their digeridoo playing skills. In the library kids gathered to play homemade digeridoos around a campfire, read Australian folktales, or show off computer-created projects to their parents. A highlight for many was The Great Barrier Reef exhibit, a glowing undersea wonderland of coral, fish, and jellyfish, all made from pieces of thoughtfully designed and created student artwork.
An enormous amount of extra time and effort by staff at the school went into creating this magical evening experience, but most agreed that seeing so many families having fun together on a night away from home made it all worthwhile.