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Wheels of Friendship

Posted December 9, 2012 | General

Happy weekend!
This week’s edition of Swain Stories focuses on a special third grade art project called the Wheels of Friendship – see below.
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Mikayla’s Voice 
MikaylaThird grade students recently completed an exciting group art project that began with an introduction to Mikayla and Kimberly Resh (left), who are the founders of the non-profit organization Mikayla’s Voice. Their mission is to educate kids about the importance of inclusion, inspire all children to get involved in activities and empower young people to make a difference.

Wheels of Friendship

When Swain third grader Jack and his family met Kimberly and Mikayla through the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley, the Wheels of Friendship project was born.  Jack and his service dog, Machi (below right), along with all of the rest of the third grade created two large paint and paper mache murals symbolizing inclusion.

Both Machithird grade classes met three times throughout the fall to work on the project, which was a truly collaborative effort.  Helping Kim Resh guide students through the creative process were Swain art teachers Barbara Ward and Kathleen Dent, along with numerous family volunteers.

The  finished murals will be on display at the Crayola Factory and ArtsQuest in early 2013.  To see photos of the students enjoying the creative process click here.



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Allentown, Pennsylvania 18103

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