Senior citizens, Sauk Trail students collaborate

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Several senior citizens from Middleton Glen residential facility dropped into the Sauk Trail art room this week to lend a hand and paint brush as part of the Intergenerational Art to Protect Nature project fourth-graders are working on.

With a grant from American Girl’s Fund for Children, the 60-some students explored nature and the environment, then interviewed senior citizens about what the environment was like when they were fourtth-graders. Back in school, they began creating art projects to interpret their observations.

A booklet featuring the art with individual comments from each artist, plus photos of the students interviewing the seniors and working together in the art room, is also being developed. Individual classrooms are also making nature alphabet booklets to coincide with the project.

The finished projects and art/photo booklets will travel for exhibitions at local senior citizen centers, libraries, and more during the summer.

-- By Tom Kobinsky