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Some critics deplore art that is trash. These young Southeast students find trash, and make art out of it!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Holy Family Catholic School third-grade teacher Gigi Wolf admired the transformational projects in which her students gathered recyclables and trash, and then created art from them. It's not quite the legendary alchemy of transmuting lead into gold, but a project undertaken by third grade students at Holy Family Catholic School in Eastmoreland could help the environment.

"In this end-of-the-year recycling project, their assignment was to create art — or something lastingly useful — made out of things that students would've thrown into their garbage or recycling bins," explained teacher Gigi Wolf.

"I mean, not food — but metal, paper, plastic, cans — anything that could be recycled, and which could be made into something else that could last," Wolf told THE BEE, while admiring the way her students met the assignment. "I encouraged them to make something like a decoration, or a piece of art — something that's wouldn't be immediately thrown away afterward."

DAVID F. ASHTON - This two-masted sailing ship was made by a third-grader from recycled materials.The variety of things the kids made from trash was amazing. It ranged from a globe, to an illuminated Eiffel Tower model, to model bridges, and a stool.

"They had one month to plan the project, build it, and to bring it in before school was out for the summer," Wolf related. "It was okay for parents to help them, and to guide them — but the students had to come up with the basic idea, and then they could do the actual construction as a family activity.

"Behind it all, I wanted students to recognize that they can re-use these discarded things — and if they don't, they will go into the garbage or landfill."

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