ELDON — Cardinal Elementary uses holidays and events to promote arts in school, and Valentine’s Day crafts were on the agenda.

After school Monday, children learned to cut paper hearts, make valentines and decorate cookies. The event was hosted and promoted by the art department, and they wanted to use the time to emphasize the arts and other types of learning.

“We have painted pumpkins in the past as well as worked with local screen printing businesses to let kids design their own tees,” said Sarah Eakins an art teacher at Cardinal. “Last year we had a Spring Fling on the weekend and we did a variety of crafts, painting projects and we incorporated music into the event.”

The fun had a small fee at the door, but there were already 85 children signed up on Monday. They range between 3 and 10 years old, and Eakins said she and the other staff were excited to be holding another event to promote art and learning.

Not every child learns the same, and group activities are designed to help children in those situations.

“I applaud my elementary art teacher for instilling the love of art in our students,” said Joel Pedersen superintendent. “It's a fun event that is linked to learning.”

The school wants children to know there is always more to school than the parts they may not like as much. They understand some children learn differently and enjoy different things, and want to encourage a love for various parts of school.

It is also a time to show the different clubs and groups available to them through the school as they get older.

“It’s just a fun event to celebrate kids,” said Eakins. “I just hope the children have fun and realize that art is important to have in our lives. Also, the Art Club is a club they could belong to when they get older.”

Aaryn Frazier can be reached at afrazier@ottumwacourier.com or on Twitter at CourierAaryn.

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