By ALLISON WOOD
The Post staff writer
Large sculptures in the form of Medina’s battling bee mascot will be on display this summer as part of a public art project spearheaded by the Medina City Schools Foundation.
The project, titled What’s the Buzz, will pair sponsoring area businesses with artists to create a unique design for each bee, which will be 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide, said Jeanne Hurt, district communications coordinator, during a Feb. 19 school board meeting. Either acrylic or latex paint can be used on the sculptures.
The bees will be placed all over the district, including at businesses, and unveiled at Medina’s Fourth of July parade. They will be on display until October and then auctioned off at the Dinner/Dessert Auction fundraiser Nov. 8.
Hurt said the idea for the event came from the success of the “Proud to Be a Medina Bee” effort that was part of a levy campaign. While the issue failed, she said these campaign signs are still up in many places.
In addition, she said public arts displays in other cities, such as the guitars in Cleveland a few years ago, always seems to be well received.
“We want to promote more pride in the entire community,” she said. “It really is a win-win.”
Hurt said the foundation is still looking for area businesses, organizations and individuals to become sculpture sponsors. Medina students and area artists can also submit applications to work on the sculptures. For more information, call the Communications Office at 330-636-3112.
Tina Cassidy, primary curriculum coordinator, updated the board on how staff is reaching out to parents and the new common core curriculum being rolled out soon.
The department is starting a parent curriculum council at each elementary school, with the goal of keeping parents informed, who will take it back to PTOs to inform others. One topic of discussion was the new common core standards, which outlines what students must learn at leach grade level.
For example, students will read more non-fiction selections in grades K-5 under the new standards and math classes will focus more on problem solving.
Cassidy said the department will also do grade level meetings about math being taught, which is in addition to the current meeting about reading
Blake Elementary happenings
Students and Blake Elementary Principal Eldora Lavdas told the board the many activities going on at the school, which includes a musical performance of “The Wizard of Oz” next month.
Emily Wilmer, a member of Art Club, brought some of her projects she made during meetings, including an owl and a clay fish. Students Noah Koval and Lindsay Linard talked about Knowledge Masters, a trivia competition which pits them against other schools across the country. On competition days, the teams have to try and answer 100 questions in 90 minutes.
Dressed in costume, cast members from the “Wizard of Oz” also talked about their upcoming performance March 22.
Lavdas also described how the students raised over $3,000 at a recent Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser benefiting the American Heart Society.