LEWISTOWN – Indian Lake High School Art IV students now have the equipment and space they need to create their best work.
ILHS Art Instructor Erin Miller came into this school year knowing she didn’t have enough desks to accommodate the increasing interest in her highest level art class.
“This is the largest Art IV group that I’ve ever had since I’ve been here. I had 12 students and 10 tables. It’s a big deal for students to have their own desks at this level,” Miller explains.
Knowing her enrollment was growing, Miller set out to raise money for additional tilt-top or drafting desks over the summer. She set up a page on Donorschoose.org, a website for educators that is similar to “Go Fund Me.”
Her “No Room in the Art Room” campaign quickly spread nationwide on social media. 19 individual donors from California to New Jersey contributed a total of $870 over a few months, enough to purchase the two tables. The maintenance staff assembled them recently and students moved right in.
Senior Art IV students David Haley said, “I now have a work space to call my own and we are all more organized because we have space to spread out.”
The tables are large with space for materials and artwork, so they can work daily on projects, like oil paintings, that cannot be moved. They also offer enough space to keep projects safe while in progress.
“It’s amazing how proud they are to have their own space. They create a spot that’s artistically theirs,” said Miller.
Information from Indian Lake High School.