Galloway Schools Go Beyond Art

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Many students will say Ms. Walton’s art class at the Galloway Township Middle School (GTMS) goes far beyond just teaching how to paint or draw. Students are able to share their creativity and skills in a way that helps give back to those who need it most.

“I was asked, this is actually the third year that we’ll be doing this project and we’re doing it in conjunction with the Let Us Eat Please nonprofit organization," said Robin Walton, GTMS Art teacher. "My art club students, seventh grade, eighth grade, and other classes are painting, which we’re going to turn into trivets.”

The students start out with a blank tile and then transform it into an original piece of art or even mimic famous artwork. The trivets will later be sold during the Captains Table event at the Atlantic City Boat Show.

“The money that we make from selling the student’s artwork will go to help fund the program that we do in the summertime," said Walton.

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The program works with the Community Foodbank of New Jersey Southern Branch to provide groceries to local families who have children that receive free or reduced lunch during the school year.

“To get used to using their talents for good or for the better of the community, is a good thing because that’s how powerful art can be," said Walton. "So whether or not it’s with me, or later on in high school or later on in life, this is just sort of planting the seed.”

“It’s not about us making art for us," said Mary Lambhatti, 8th grader. "Like we can make art, we can draw sketches whenever we want, but we’re actually giving it to someone, donating it and it’s for a good cause.”

“This is a benefit for all of us that we get to get together and paint and laugh, joke around. It’s really fun,” said Parissa Bernatel, 8th grader." 

If you’d like to get involved, you can reserve your place at the captain’s table event by going to cfbnj.org/events.

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