MOSCOW, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A picture might be worth a thousand words, but for some, pictures are speaking volumes about adventure.
Students in Lackawanna County are helping each other one illustration at a time.
Students from the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County were peeling off months of illustration and design to help children at North Pocono’s Moscow Elementary School.
“It was a really fun project to work on too. Just trying to think what kids would like to interact with and stuff. Like hop on the jellyfish and clap like a clam. I really think it’s cute ideas,” senior India Arter said.
Arter is one of nine students at the center to create several sensory pathways at the school, illustrating their own vinyl stickers.
“I did this space, outer space so mine had a little monkey character in a suit and stuff. It was really fun to do. We did it digitally,” Arter said.
Once the entire project is completed, there will be six different themes throughout the elementary school.
“Our students have a lot of breaks in academic programming. So, they come throughout the day to utilize the trampoline, to utilize our tunnels.. Things like that that we have in our sensory room. These sensory pathways give us another outlet,” Emotion Support Teacher Julie Lucarine said.
An outlet where students in special education can explore their own creative minds without the pressure of classroom learning. Themes include the sea, forestry, space, robots, numbers and colors.
“The great thing is these pathways that CTC designed not only have the behavioral and the movement aspect but they incorporated academics,” Lucarine said.
While helping the young students, the high schoolers are building a career portfolio.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to work with a client on a project that is actually going to be put in place. It’s also a community service project for our students,” CTC Instructor Patrick McLane said.
Of the nine students in the Illustration and Design program, one is receiving college credits at Keystone College, while the others are receiving advanced placement credits for their enrollment at the career center.