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Westmoreland County Schools Help the Museum Celebrate the Holidays

The Westmoreland County Public Schools are again helping the Westmoreland Museum get ready to celebrate the holidays. Students from Washington District Elementary School, Montross Middle School, and Washington and Lee High School created ornaments that will be featured on the holiday trees displayed in the Washington Room of the Museum. These ornaments, made by the art students of Joan Campbell at Washington District Elementary school, Cindy Flickinger at Montross Middle, and Holly Ransone at Washington and Lee High school will be on display beginning the night of the Spirit Festival and throughout the holiday season.

Ms. Campbell students produced ornaments of clay in the shapes of whimsical animals and paper in the shape of flowers. Ms. Ransone’s students were very creative in turning light bulbs into snowmen, penguins, the Grinch, and other holiday characters. Some of Ms. Ransone’s other students also participated by wood-burning ornaments, hand-quilling (or filigree paperwork) scenes, and creating popsicle stick sleds. Ms. Flickinger’s students hand-painted mini flower pots and turned them into bells and painted boxes and paper disks. These ornaments are sure to warm everyone’s hearts.

This fine work from our many talented student artists continues the tradition begun years ago when students first helped to decorate the trees of Montross. It also continues the tradition of the Westmoreland County Museum working with the Westmoreland County Public Schools to help feature the many artistic talents of our students. Another major event is the April student art contest that the museum and the public schools hosts for the students with awards generously provided by many of the businesses in Montross.

“The museum is delighted to provide the opportunity to showcase the creativity of Westmoreland County students and their teachers during this the holiday season and later in the spring. I am always amazed by their talents. I hope many folks will stop by to see these lovely ornaments,” said Susan Ripol, president of the museum’s board of directors. The Westmoreland County Public Schools and the Westmoreland County Museum enjoy their continued relationship in the spirit of this festive holiday season.