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Port Chester Students Learn From Clay Art Center Designers

Port Chester's Thomas Edison Elementary School is helping students flex their creative muscles with a project from Clay Art Center.
Port Chester's Thomas Edison Elementary School is helping students flex their creative muscles with a project from Clay Art Center. Photo Credit: Courtesy Thomas Edison Elementary School

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester's Thomas Edison Elementary School is helping students flex their creative muscles.

The school's third, fourth and fifth graders are continuing a program with Clay Art Center to create a community mosaic, said district representatives. The program, known as “Community and Clay,” is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with matching funds from the Port Chester School District and is designed "to bring Clay Art Center teaching artists into the classroom."

"Working with Thomas Edison administration and classroom teachers, Clay Art Center has designed a clay program to enrich the existing curriculum and offer students an engaging arts experience," district representatives said in a press release. "As they create unique clay tiles, students learn about communities on the global and local scale, sharing each student’s global heritage and delving into the history of our home community from 'Saw Pitt' to present Port Chester. The mosaics will celebrate all that the students have learned and strengthen their idea of community as they learn what we share and what makes us unique."

Thomas Edison Principal Ivan Tolentino said the program was important for students.

“The arts contribute significantly to our children’s language development in school, and are an important component of our academic curricula as we shift towards the Common Core State Standards," Tolentino said in the release. "Activities and programs that the Clay Arts Center provides are essential to us meeting our goals.”

The mosaic is set to be installed permanently in the center court play area facing Rectory Street.

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