Third grade art students at Riverside Elementary School got a real life experience the week of May 1 when they created advertisements for a local DeGraff restaurant. Fifty-two students drew advertisements for Gangster’s Ristorante on 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch white paper to be posted in the restaurant window for two weeks.
To encourage the students, restaurant owner Mike Staley gave prizes for the best ads. First place winner Kennedy Evans of DeGraff will see her ad in a local paper and get a free meal and dessert at the restaurant. Free meals and desserts will also be given to second to fourth place winners. Avery Perk won a second place ribbon, Landon Purtee third place, and Breanna Puff fourth place. Twelve students receiving an honorable mention will receive an honorable mention and free dessert. They are Jayden Hoffer, Haylee Jones, Zach Bradley, Kelsey Burt, Payton Robinson, Evie McGill, Jaidyn Jackson, Kaitlyn Jackson, Brock Jackson, Kaylee Sharpe, Kirstyn Carpenter, and Zoie Armbruster.
Students started the projects in mid-April as part of a program to identify art used in everyday life, according to art teacher Abby Steinke. They were encouraged to be creative, use mixed mediums, and include information about the restaurant.
“We started out looking at advertisements from around the world and then went to the Gangster’s Ristorante website to learn what their ad should actually be selling,” Steinke said.
Judy Wherry is a regular contributor to this newspaper.