May the Fourth Be with you as you Eat Cake and Love Art 

  • art display showing student faces

May 4 was the perfect date for the Annual Dilworth Art Night. Even Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Jyn Erso, Rey and a Commander participated at Dilworth Elementary along with hundreds of friends, neighbors, students and faculty. So much to see and do…art displays, food, music, crafts, cupcakes, tomato plants and flowers, make and take crafts, something for everyone. Smiles and excitement filled the halls, classrooms, auditorium and outside grounds of Dilworth. Thanks to the BTSALP (Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Learning Program) grant that provides an art specialist in the school to collaborate with teachers, integrate and reinforce classroom curriculum our Dilworth Art Program continues to be an integral part of our school’s curriculum. The yearly Art Night supplements the BTSALP grant; and thanks to parents, our Dilworth community, teachers and staff, the arts continue to thrive at Dilworth.

Fabulous art created by all the students filled the halls of Dilworth. Colorful animals and insects created by kindergarten through fifth-grade students were displayed on the bulletin board in the main hall. Thanks to Julie Davidson, Heather Erickson and Laurel Finlayson, our fabulous art teachers, Dilworth students’ self-portraits were displayed in the halls. In addition, our library technology teacher, Mrs. Lewis, worked with the sixth-graders students developing QR Codes so that parents could view their student's Adobe Voice about the clay birdhouses they made in art this year. The sixth-grade students also had photographs of their paintings of Trolley Square. Their original paintings are on permanent display at the Trolley Square Museum inside Trolley Square.

Inside the auditorium, you could purchase a variety of crafts and decorated cupcakes that were as delicious as they were beautiful. There was even a silent auction and a photo both where you could have your picture taken with Darth Vader and his friends.

Outside the lines were long but it was well worth the wait. Delicious barbequed brats, pizza and Caesar salad were available for purchase. You could also purchase tomato plants and flowers to plant in your garden. With Sharon Jorgensen at the piano, second and third-grade students performed some of their favorite songs. Large crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of these talented children. There were also some great impromptu musical performances by students of all ages.

Parent volunteers worked behind the scenes to make this event possible. Teachers and staff also volunteered to help serve food, cashier, and work in various booths and oversee the make and take crafts held in classrooms. A special thank you to Amy Rigby and Alta Hales who were the chairpersons for one of our most successful Art Nights ever!!! Thank you to all the parents who collected, set up, took down, ran errands, spent hours planning and who worked tirelessly to make Dilworth Art Night an event not to be missed. Most of all, thank you to Cody and Ricky who never complained about moving tables here, there, and everywhere in order to make Art Night flow smoothly. We are especially grateful to our fabulous PTA who make events like Art Night possible and successful. Thanks to our Dilworth families and community, because of your support and generosity, our art programs will continue to flourish.

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