There are some incredibly talented and big-hearted students (and staff) at Woodrow Wilson Academy in Westminster, Colorado. For their 2019 Spring Art Show, the K-8 charter school adopted Friends of Dinosaur Ridge for a community service fundraising project as well as inspiration for their “Dinosaurs, Art, Colorado” theme.
In early spring, a newly-painted white Stegosaurus arrived at the school ready for duty. Katie Fingland, art teacher extraordinaire, and her Education Assistant Taleen Nothnagle, hand-stenciled the dinosaur which quickly earned him the nickname “Sharpie.” For a small donation, students were able to color in the stencils on “Sharpie.”
Eighth-grade digital art students were challenged with creating decal designs inspired by the theme. Students submitted their designs, the staff narrowed the list down to the top 5, and the student body voted for the winner with Sean K. eventually taking home the top prize. His decal was put into production by Sticker Mule, who generously created the sticker free of charge. The decal was sold during the art show.
In the “Glow Cave,” the K-5 students displayed glow-in-the-dark dinosaur-related art. It was a brilliant and exciting display utilizing fluorescent materials and black lights. In addition to the “Glow Cave, the kindergarten classes showcased their talent by crafting dinosaur sculptures.
All in, students, friends, families, and faculty, of Woodrow Wilson Academy raised more than $1,000 for Friends of Dinosaur Ridge during their Art Show. We couldn’t be more thrilled by their generosity or inspired by their creativity and promise the donation will be put to good use supporting our mission of preservation and education. We’d like to offer a sincere and heartfelt “THANK YOU” to Katie Fingland who spearheaded this incredibly artistic school project and coordinated most of the logistical details.
“Sharpie” has taken up residence at our Main Visitor Center, so swing by and snap a picture. We might be biased, but we think he is very photogenic.