The Columbus Museum of Art is just one of the many awesome partnerships Children’ Hunger Alliance has secured to appear at different sites throughout the summer. CMA’s first summer site visit was last Thursday, June 26, to Trevitt Elementary School. I went to check it out, and I was so impressed with the children’s good behavior and creativity!
I didn’t know what to expect from an art museum- were they going to be passing around copies of Monet’s Water Lilies to demonstrate impressionism to third graders? I should have given CMA more credit. I walked into a small cafeteria with 20 or so kids busy at work construction paper, beads, cupcake wrappers, toilet paper rolls all being cut, glued, stringed, and taped tastefully.
The museum had planned an activity around CHA’s specialty- food! Kids drew a slip of paper from a bingo wheel that held a “fantastical food” challenge for them to create, though they were given the freedom to create whatever they desired with the supplied materials. All of the children were engaged and enjoyed rising to their fantastical food challenge.
One girl had a tall construction with eyeballs she made from paper cups. She told me she created a “monster oven.” “But it’s not a bad monster,” she said, “It’s going to make my mom an apple pie.”
Kids! They’re too sweet. And I’m glad that all of the emails I read, receive, and send every day adds up to an enjoyable experience for them that allows them to grow a little more.