Dysart-Geneseo Elementary School was a full house last week as students and parents turned out for the annual spring art show.
Students at D-G spent all year learning about various new types of art and different creative techniques. The annual event is designed to highlight everything the students have learned throughout the year and showcase a selection of their best work.
Paintings, drawings and clay sculptures were just a few various types of pieces that could be seen at this year's show. Students at every grade level participate in this event, and each student was asked to pick out their three favorite pieces from the year to be displayed. The entire school worked together to create a beautiful welcome poster for the entryway of the show.
The fifth grade class worked hard this year to display glow-in-the-dark monsters and clay baskets at the art show. There was a special "dark room" that included a blacklight, which was set up in front of the show where students displayed their glow-in-the-dark creations.
In addition to the art show, D-G has hosted a series of cultural and educational events this spring. In April, members of the student council helped plant a tree for Arbor Day, continuing a tradition of tree-planting in Dysart after high winds leveled many of the town's trees in the 2011 derecho.
More recently on May 12, fourth and fifth grade students presented "Night of the Notables," an annual research project on notable figures throughout history. Students researched important figures and put together informative displays on the likes of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Sally Ride, among others.
Back in March, many students and parents traveled to nearby Traer for the Tama County Family STEM Festival. Earlier in the year, D-G students displayed a knack for philanthropy by hosting a Hat Day to raise money for the "Inner City Slickers" program in Cedar Falls.