Veazie Street School Bird Project Displayed at Providence Community Library

Project leaders, from left, are Library Teacher Cynthia Alexandre, Veazie Street School Principal Colleen Caswell and Art Teacher Lori Brum-Donelan.

Project leaders, from left, are Library Teacher Cynthia Alexandre, Veazie Street School Principal Colleen Caswell and Art Teacher Lori Brum-Donelan.

In a collaborative project, Veazie Street Elementary School librarian Cynthia Alexandre and art teacher Lori Brum-Donelan led second graders in a research and art project on birds that was displayed next door to their school at the Providence Community Library.

Students researched the diet, habitat and habits of an assigned bird using encyclopedias in the library. In art, they sketched and made 3D models of their assigned bird. According to Alexandre, “This project blends information literacy skills with art and has been really fun. This is the second year that we have collaborated together on this project with second-grade students.”

One of the 3D models of birds created by second-graders at Veazie Street Elementary School that was displayed at the Providence Community Library next door to the school.

One of the 3D models of birds created by second-graders at Veazie Street Elementary School that was displayed at the Providence Community Library next door to the school.

In a partnership with the Providence Community Library, children’s librarian Molly Osborne has allowed the school to showcase student work in the library. An art exhibit of the students’ work on birds was held at the library with an “opening afternoon” on April 16. Students and their families were invited to view the exhibit, which was on display until the end of April, and enjoy refreshments that were partially funded by the library.

“The additional collaboration between Veazie and the Providence Community Library allows the community to become more involved in our school and gives our kids a wider stage to demonstrate all their hard work,” said Alexandre.

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