In addition to presenting art programs in 42 public schools in the area each year, the Jonas Foundation Partnership administers the selection process for a Seretean Grant to one elementary school from each of the three school districts annually. This grant is funded by the family of Bud Seretean, who was a founding member of the Oscar N. Jonas Foundation and also served as the chairman of the foundation for many years.
The Seretean Grant recipients for 2018-2019 used their grant money to create the following art programs in their schools:
• Westwood School art teacher Megan Walker won the grant for Dalton Public Schools. Through her project, Mosaics for the Garden, students created a mosaic garden at their school. The students began by making paper mosaics and then learned mosaic techniques through a virtual session with a mosaic artist. Second-graders used tesserae (or tiles) to create Garden Buddies such as insects and reptiles to adorn green spaces. Third-graders used tesserae to create mosaic stepping stones in garden areas at Westwood.
• Northwest Elementary School teacher Candice McArthur won the grant for Murray County Schools. Third-grade choral students planned and performed a musical remake of the popular television show "Reading Rainbow." Students wrote the script, performed commercials, created and taped video book reviews and learned to play new instruments for their musical production. Other students and parents were invited to attend their production.
• Beaverdale Elementary School music teacher Elea Hall won the grant for Whitfield County Schools. She presented a program called "Musicals, Xylophones, Recorders -- Oh My!" at her school. Through her grant, she was able to purchase instruments, music and costumes for her students. Second-graders gave a musical concert using their new xylophones. Third- and fourth-graders gave a recorder concert. Fifth-graders performed a musical and choral concert. Students from the various grades and parents were able to enjoy the performances.
"The Jonas Foundation appreciates the generosity of the Seretean family and the creativity of these teachers for the art opportunities experienced by the students in these three schools," a Jonus Foundation spokesperson said.