Masks from around the world at Pinon

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In the tradition of Carnivale, the Pinon Elementary School students showed off their creativity for the celebration of masks around the world.


Students from grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade created masks in Stephanie Rittner’s art class to show off during the school-wide multicultural parade, which was held on the campus Friday. “We wanted to have a parade just like Carnivale should be,” Rittner said.

“We have a very diverse group of students here and we wanted to show that during this event,” Principal Jill Gonzales said. It was the first of its kind for the school.

Funding came from the Artists’ In Residency program in conjunction with the state Fine Arts Grant. Retired art teacher Thelma Hahn participated as the Artist in Residence and aided the fourth and sixth graders in creating their masterpieces.

Parents also were invited to share in the celebration.

Jennifer Handy had two children in the parade; kindergartener Samantha and 6th grader Cameron. Some children’s masks were selected to be in an art show set for May.