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Presidents’ Day at Happy Elementary

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By Miguel Velasquez, 2nd Grader

Presidents’ Day at Happy Elementary is very different than many places.  Tom Panger, an artist from Amarillo associated with the Windows on a Wider World program, visited the students at Happy Elementary School.  He drew George Washington with chalk pastels for Kindergarten through Second graders.  He told the students about George Washington being the first president and that he did not get to live in the White House.  It was AMAZING! 

Tom Panger also drew Davy Crockett for the Third through Fifth graders.  According to J.R. Robles, fifth grader, Mr. Panger said he could not find an original picture of Davy Crockett.  Some of the drawings he found showed Davy Crockett with blonde hair and some with dark hair.  J.R. said Mr. Panger told the students that Davy Crockett died in the Alamo and that Davy Crockett was a Texas Hero and not a president. 

Before creating his art, Mr. Panger did a sketch.  He used chalk pastels and talked about how color gives the impression of something.  For example, he created a red, white and blue background.  Even though it was not a flag, it looks like George Washington is in front of a flag.

Mr. Panger was a welcome guest and a terrific artist.  I hope he returns to Happy Elementary next year.

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