Principal Lauren Moreno and Christine Schneider
St. Johnland Nursing Center is the proud recipient of a beautifully designed new outdoor chair thanks to the Kings Park Middle School art department. Organized by teachers Christine Schneider and Beth LaFantano, the “Chair About Our Town” project was created to capture the attention of our Kings Park community to increase awareness of William T. Rogers Middle School’s Fine Arts program and highlight the artistic talents of the middle level students. Many of the local businesses were given an opportunity to participate in the project.
The teachers worked to organize the student artists, supervise them, and encourage their best creative efforts. All of the art sessions were scheduled after school. “I love the project’s connection to the community and enjoy working in the more relaxed manner with the young artists of my group. At our initial Fine Arts Department planning meeting, I jumped right away to work on a chair for St. Johnland Nursing Center. With their 150-year history of caring service, and their consistent support whenever my orchestra has performed there, I’ve always felt a personal connection to them”, said Ms. Schneider. “We researched the nursing home’s website for additional ideas and began to sketch some templates. After a few planning sessions and choosing between paint samples I had picked up at the hardware store, we finally started to paint. We tweaked and discussed our vision as we worked, and our St. Johnland chair is a showpiece that I hope the nursing home will be proud to display.”
St. Johnland sends sincere thanks to the student artists!