ST. CHARLES – St. Patrick Catholic School fifth-graders participated in Illinois state Sen. Karen McConnaughay’s third annual art contest for the 33rd District.
Under the direction of art teacher Emily Carbonara, fifth-grade students at St. Patrick designed their own 8-by-10 representations of postage stamps, with various themes symbolic of state of Illinois life, landscape and culture, stated a news release.
“We wanted the students to learn some history while creating their art,” Carbonara said in the release. “The students gained a better understanding of the state of Illinois’ natural environment, landmarks and history. It was a lot of fun to see the diverse artistic points of view and very rewarding to see our students apply what they learn in the classroom.”
Principal Jodi Falotico awarded medals to the following eight semi-finalists at a recent all-school assembly: Nathan Acosta, Tommi Bachta, Leo Carbonara, Annabelle Handjojo, Andrew Laskosz, Brook McCullough, Maggie Smith, and Maya Wickramasuriya.
“This is the first time St. Patrick Catholic School has participated in this state contest, which we see as a celebration of both art and citizenship," Falotico said in the release. "It is important to help our young people achieve a strong sense of self-expression, as well as a sense of belonging in the community. That is part of our school’s mission. We are very proud of their achievement."
The 33rd District selected the following two finalists: Acosta, for his landscape color drawing of the state capitol; and Handjojo, for her watercolor of a cardinal, monarch butterfly and white-tailed deer, stated the release.
The finalists have been invited with their parents to the visit the state capitol, where they will have lunch with McConnaughay and receive recognition for their achievement on the senate floor. Their original art also will be on display in the rotunda, stated the release. The day-long visit is scheduled for April.
St. Patrick Catholic School has been educating students in the Fox Valley area since 1929. Current enrollment is more than 500 students, kindergarten through eighth grade.