(Leitchfield, KY) - Several Lawler 4th graders were part of an exciting project that has been selected to be on display at the annual Governor’s Derby Breakfast and Celebration.
An invitation from the Kentucky Arts Council for schools to paint canvas tablecloths for the annual event sparked the interest of teacher Sandy Salsman knew she wanted Lawler students to be part of the honor.
Each table on the Old State Capitol grounds will be fitted with a horse head and tail, and the painted canvases, or “Derby blankets,” are to be draped across to complete the look. This is the fourth year schools have been invited to participate in the celebration.
An art lover herself, Salsman likes to “incorporate it when I can” into the lessons she teaches. For this one, she was able to incorporate social studies, particularly Kentucky history, art and a major dose of school pride.
Salsman and a group of students began their work right after spring break, with seven of them staying the course, start to finish. Each region of the state, along with its best-known landmarks and natural wonders now brightens “An Adventurous Road Trip Across Kentucky”. From Eastern Coalfields to Western Farmlands, the colorful canvas features Churchill Downs, the State Capitol, Corvette Museum, even Lawler Elementary front and center.
Once finished, the canvas will took an “adventurous road trip” of its own. “I have to send it to Frankfort and hopefully ours is chosen,” she said during an interview a few weeks ago.
The news came Wednesday, May 1, 2013, that Lawler Elementary School’s Derby Blanket was one of 36 submissions to be selected to be displayed at the Governor’s Debry Breakfast and Celebration on Saturday, May 4, 2013.