LAMS Art Room Gets Makeover

Volunteers from left, Rex Kilburn, Anna Vargas-Gutierrez, Don Casperson, Morris Pongratz, Joanna Gillespie, Faith Koh and Camile Rousculp helped refurbish the Los Alamos Middle School Art Room. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Foundation conducted a classroom makeover project at the Los Alamos Middle School Art Room.

Volunteers joined with Joanna Gillespie, LAPS Foundation Director, in repainting cabinets, painting walls and generally sprucing up the art room.

The art room makeover will continue next Monday and Tuesday morning, Gillespie said, and volunteers are still needed. Plan to bring a paint brush or roller brush. Work starts around 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to park on the bus loop next to the backdoor of the school shop and cafeteria. Gillespie asked that volunteers enter the school through the cafeteria.

Individuals not able to help in the makeover, but interested in helping schools, are asked to make a financial donation to the LAPS Foundation.

LAMS art teacher Karen Trythal said she was very pleased with the Foundation’s classroom makeover as she gave directions to volunteers

LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn expressed his appreciation to the makeover.

“This is one more finishing touch that adds to the aesthetics of the middle school. Students entering  the bright and cheery art room will experience freshly painted walls, refurbished cabinets, new access to the outside world and improved lighting,” he said.

 High school sophomores Faith Koh and Camile Rouscup. both former LAMS students, said that they learned of the classroom makeover from Facebook pages of friends. The two said they were there to give something back for the great experience they had in the middle school

 Los Alamos School Superintendent Gene Schmidt offered praise to the LAPS Foundation for their efforts to refurbish the classroom.

“It has become something of a tradition for the LAPS Foundation to improve school classrooms. High school science staff are still appreciative of the Foundation’s science lab makeover in E-wing,” Schmidt said, adding that he can hardly wait to see what makeover plans Gillespie and LAPS Foundation have for Aspen Elementary School.

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