Art, Science and Sweets Blend at Smithfield

By Forbes, Marilyn | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 3, 2009 | Go to article overview

Art, Science and Sweets Blend at Smithfield


Forbes, Marilyn, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Parents, students and faculty filled the hallways and classrooms of Smithfield Elementary in the Albert Gallatin School District as the doors opened for the school's third annual open house.

Dubbed the "Extracurricular Extravaganza," it featured art work, science projects, bake sales and auctions.

The school houses about 330 students in grades kindergarten through five.

"Each student has one piece (of art) that is up," said art teacher Erin Mayak, explaining that she keeps the students' work throughout the year and selects the standouts. "I select the best one from each student and it's a representation of what we've done all year."

Artwork that lined the hallways featured impressive oil paintings, water color, metallic prints and pastels.

The students also hosted a bake sale.

"Last year, they raised between $200 and $300 with it," teacher Toby Maykuth said of the bake sale. "Then, the money was donated to the Great American Bake Sale, which is an organization that fights world hunger."

Parents were treated to displays featuring projects from Earth Day, which included decorated paper bags and hats made from recycled goods.

Individual rooms housed an art auction, a book sale and a cake auction, with the money raised going to school projects.

"This is a nice display this year," Gary Myers of Smithfiled said, "they have more than last year and this shows what the kids can do. …

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