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Granite St. Elementary School Millinocket, Maine 2015 TTEC Cohort June 19, 2015
Millinocket, MEIn 2014 students at Granite St. Elementary School
participated in an art contest sponsored by the Millinocket Literary Club. Millinocket was designated an Appalachian Trail Community in
July of 2013 and the Literary Club wanted the artwork to be a part of an advertising/fundraising
campaign that would promote the Appalachian Trail and the Katahdin region. Students were read, Ellie’s Long Walk, the True Story of TwoFriends on the Appalachian Trail, by Pam Flowers. A
Mountain Adventure, by Patricia Griffith Morgan, about Mt. Katahdin, and S is for S’mores, a CampingAlphabet, by Helen Foster James. Each book brought about discussions on what
it would be like to hike, what you might see, and what you should bring. I brought in my pack, a hiking pole, a picture
of a lean-to, etc. The only criteria we
had for students was that they use the A.T. symbol somewhere in their
artwork. On week four Mrs. Grabber the
art teacher took over the project, helping students put their thoughts about the
A.T., Katahdin, and hiking on paper. The
artwork was amazing! These illustrations
were given to the Literary Club who selected one honorable mention and one winner
in each classroom. The winning illustrations
were then given to the A.T. committee who had them made into postcards that
would be sold throughout Maine communities promoting the A.T. Proceeds from the sales of the postcards
would go into the general fund of the Appalachian Trail Town Community.
The book illustration contest was a great wintertime project
ending with a springtime assembly announcing the winners. The winners were presented with their original
artwork in a glass frame.