Project Grad fundraises with class taught by BCS art teacher


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On February 26, at PapaLeno’s Restaurant in Berea, Berea Community’s Kim Clouse instructed a follow along painting class. The event was organized to help raise money for Berea Community’s Project Graduation. It cost thirty-five dollars per person to take part in the class; participants recreated a night sky scene on an 11”✕14” canvas, and also partook in freshly baked PapaLeno’s pizza.

Senior class parents are responsible in raising money for Project Graduation. Berea Community hosts Project Grad inside the school on the night of graduation; the event provides a safe place for students, as well as prizes for Berea’s seniors. Many of the parents have contributed greatly: Tonya Woodard, Krista Carter, Robin Beaver, and Jennifer Whitt worked on organizing the painting project. Kim Clouse instructed the class, while the senior parents provided the supplies and pizza for the event. Ms. Clouse has been the art teacher at Berea Community Middle and High school since 2003. “I believe Project Grad is extremely important because it allows our seniors a safe place to celebrate one last time together. It’s a very worthwhile undertaking,” she said.

Ms. Clouse has helped by teaching the Project Grad painting class from time to time for the past few years. She commented, “I enjoy teaching these painting classes because many times the attendants have never painted before or didn’t feel successful if they have. I love it when they realize they CAN create something beautiful if it’s broken down into small enough parts and explained that way.”

One of the participants, Jasmin Slesaczeck, is a foreign exchange student from Germany who goes to Berea Community. According to Jasmin, “I heard about [the painting class] from my host mom, who asked me if I would like to take part.” Jasmin was enthusiastic about the event in saying, “I really liked how you simply could sit together, eat some pizza and enjoy the time. Also, that even though we had instructions we still had a possibility to give our own touch to the painting.”

Project Graduation’s next fundraiser is on April 27 at Berea Community, and the event will consist of a vendor sale, yard sale, and a silent auction.