MCS teacher raising funds to frame student artwork

By Brian Sweeney
Margaretville Central School teacher Michele Dietz is hoping that community members will assist with her efforts to raise funds to permanently frame student artwork.
Ms. Dietz, who teaches art in grades K-8, has launched an online campaign via donorschoose.org to purchase quality frames to enhance the presentation of a permanent collection of student art creations. Some of the frames would also be utilized when student artwork is hung at various locations throughout the community.
In addition to the donations from community members, Ms. Dietz pointed out that any contributions made via the website by March 8 will be matched by members of “100 Women in Hedge Funds.” When making an online contribution, donors are asked to enter the code 100WOMEN on the payment page and their donation be matched dollar for dollar (up to $500).
The items being sought through the campaign include: two portable, floor display easels, eight 18x24 picture frames and four 24x36 picture frames.
“The students and I are very excited about the project. Obtaining good quality frames will allow us to present student artwork in a professional manner,” Ms. Dietz explained.

Impact on students
The MCS art instructor notes on the donor website, “We have a very tight budget for the arts, and we try to our students every opportunity we can to get their artwork out in the community and shown in galleries. They are great kids and very talented, but our limited budget doesn’t allow for much flexibility Many of my students don’t realize that their art skills can take them places! I want them to see their work presented professionally.”
Ms. Dietz added, “I’m hoping to create a permanent collection in the hallway at school- a gallery, if you will, so that students can leave a piece of their artwork behind as a lasting legacy of their time there. It will beautify our school building and inspire future generations.”
To learn more about assisting with the project, please visit: donorschoose.org/project/school-art-show-frames/1190673 or e-mail Mdietz@margaretvillecs.org