Thursday, April 19, 2007

Stress in the City

The Earth Egg project was postponed today. Unfortunately, some local guy threatened to shoot up a school, responding to the Virginia Tech tragedy. So, all the schools in the Yuba City Area were on"Lock-down" today. That means, no visitors in the school...that includes strange Art teachers. So, I essentially had the day off. Too bad really, the fallout from such a awful crime. I don't think NBC showing the killers rants helped anything at all. Did we really need to see that? We avoided watching it as best we could by flipping constantly. Did this publicity make this guy in Yuba City decide, "hey, I'd like some attention, that seems like it worked." I don't know. What I do know is my hosts, who are very involved with the schools, will be absolutely exhausted tonight after dealing with this "lock down"and its fallout.

Anyway, I am posting some pictures from yesterday's sessions. The best part of this project is when the kids finish an egg and move on to a new sculpture. I had a kid who made a dumbbell and a group of girls who made hats and belts out of newspaper. Essentially the project entails taking newspaper and folding it into long strips, then, coiling it into two egg halfs. Then they write a wish and put it into the egg and seal it shut. These eggs will be displayed in a nest that will be created using recycled materials at the "Hawk Flight 2007 Earth Day Festival" 10am-4pm April 21 at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City. Admission Cost is one (Clean) aluminum can. Along with the Nest making activity there will be music, food, and lots of informative booths. If you are in the area, come on out!

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