Newton sixth graders will share “The Best Part of Me” at a special exhibit Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 to 9 p.m., at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton. The Midian Shrine Jazz Band will perform on the sidewalk in front of the gallery, and refreshments will be served. The free event is open to the public.
Fifty-four sixth graders from the Santa Fe 5/6 Center participated in “The Best Part of Me” project that will be on display throughout the gallery. The students were asked to reflect on themselves in a positive light, said project coordinators Megan Nagel, Santa Fe sixth grade teacher, and Gail Pryce, Bethel College adjunct instructor. “Instead of thinking about what they wish they could change, they considered their own uniqueness and what they appreciated about themselves. They were asked to answer the question, ‘What is the best part of me?'”
The students spent an afternoon brainstorming and completing prewriting activities with the assistance of education majors from Bethel College. After writing their descriptive paragraphs about themselves, Friends University student Maisie Pryce took photographs of each student that related to their writing topic. Elbows, fingers, feet were among the favorite parts of themselves that students chose.
For more information, contact Carriage Factory Art Gallery at 316-284-2749.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery is housed in a two-story carriage factory founded in 1883 by J. J. Krehbiel, co-founder of Bethel College. The gallery features art for sale by a variety of Kansas and regional artists throughout the year, and workshops for adults and children are offered. The facilities and adjacent park are available for rent for meetings, birthdays, weddings and other special occasions.