Artist helps Lanigan students make connections


Making community connections has taught Lanigan Elementary School students that success is just around the corner.
 
While the bright colors and details of artist Tommy Lincoln’s work caught the attention of students in grades one through four, it was his message of perseverance, networking and persistence that children were able to keep. The students learned that Lincoln’s passion for art at a young age, paired with the importance of math to art, helped him achieve a master’s degree in web design. Building on those successes and trying new tools to perfect one’s craft was exactly what Lincoln, brother to Lanigan Consultant Teacher Molly Galini, said he does. Students shared the tools they use to create art, such as: a computer, paint, paper, crayons, water and pencils, among others.
 
As Lincoln drew The Flash character, he answered questions from students and encouraged them to continue trying new experiences.
 
Lanigan Elementary staff members have worked hard all school year to show students how making community connections can afford students all of the rich, local opportunities offered. Second-graders recently completed a unit on community and first-graders learned about where they are in the world.


Local artist Tommy Lincoln, second from left, can barely contain
his excitement for sharing his story during a recent visit to Lanigan
Elementary. He is pictured with his niece Vita Galini, left, and
students Riley Thurlow, Owen White and Rowan Backenstross.