Eighth-graders are 'Making Mitchell County Home'
One creative way to learn about Mitchell County is to create a handmade book filled with one’s research, writing and art projects focused on the region. That’s precisely what eighth-graders at Harris and Bowman middle schools are doing this year.
Students have begun their book projects this month by making lists of their favorite Mitchell County places, plants and animals. From their lists, they pick at least two items to illustrate for the front and back covers of their books using paste-paint on construction paper. Paste-paint is a medium that makes construction paper strong enough to serve as a book cover. Students’ imagery ranges from views of Roan Mountain to favorite buildings in Spruce Pine to rhododendron bushes in bloom. These books will be artistic, personalized volumes documenting learning about the students’ home county.
The book project is called “Making Mitchell County Home” and is facilitated by eighth-grade teachers at both schools along with Penland School of Craft Teaching Artist Meg Peterson. This project is a partnership between Mitchell County Schools and the Penland Community Collaboration.