Thursday, August 13, 2009

Artists Touch Up Logo, Paint Pillars At San Antonio School

By Mike Sievers
San Antonio Elementary now has a freshly painted logo in the middle of its gymnasium, as well as Character Counts pillars lining the hallway.
The logo was created about 10 years ago by the school’s principal, John Ray Dennis. It had faded from the years of use, so local students sanded it down and re-painted it to make it look bright. The paint came from Randy’s Ace Hardware and Rak’s Building Supply.
Jean-Paul Alvarez, Damien Baca, Leslie Ramzel, Gigi Alvarez, Antonio Gonzales and Andre Gonzales worked on the project with help from art teacher Elizabeth Alvarez. Jean-Paul is entering the sixth grade at Cottonwood Valley Charter School, while Baca and Gigi are going to be freshmen in high school. Ramzel will be a senior at Magdalena High, while the Gonzales brothers are students at the San Antonio School.
The pillars in the hallway are painted in the three different orders of classical architecture: Ionic, Doric and Corinthian. They represent the Six Pillars of Character Counts: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
Gigi will attend the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science, a charter school, this fall at the University of New Mexico.
Gigi decided to use her artistic talent for her 4-H Club community project, which she will submit to the 4-H office for a scholarship to Horse School. Scholarships are available from 4-H in varying amounts. She and Ramzel created the pillars from scratch.
Gigi has attended the school for the past three years. She said students at Horse School spend a week with their horse and other riders at the fairgrounds in Albuquerque, learning lots of different things, including rider-ship and teamwork. Gigi said Socorro County 4-H Extension agents Tom and Teresa Dean have been a big help in the process.
Gigi said she spent much of the week of July 27 to 31 working on the project, putting in about 40 hours of work overall doing the organizing, layout and purchasing of supplies. Gigi laid out the pillars by hand with a ruler.

Photo caption: Standing (from left) are Elizabeth Alvarez, Antonio Gonzales, 4-H coordinator Sonja Gerard, Leslie Ramzel and Gigi Alvarez. Kneeling on the logo are Andre Gonzales, left, and Jean-Paul Alvarez. Photo by Mike Sievers


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