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Art Instruction Spans the Century for Third-Graders


Wyoming Public Schools Oriole Park Elementary third-grade students bookended the school year with lessons in art history, touring the Grand Rapids Art Museum during the first semester and ending the school year with a trip to the Muskegon Museum of Art and Hackley and Hume Historic Site homes.

Third-graders Madileena Longoria and Kadinn Maddox view art on display
Third-graders Madileena Longoria and Kadinn Maddox view art on display

Art teacher Jean Mucha said she works to connect students with art in the community, and the GRAM provides a look at a modern-day museum built in 2004, while the Muskegon Museum of Art and homes of lumber barons Charles Hackley and Thomas Hume date back to the 1880s. The trips also tie to the Michigan history curriculum, taught in third-grade.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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