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Thanks for honoring the Earth

Dear Editor:

The Aspen Middle School honored our Earth and Earth Day on April 13, 2010. Over 550 students staff and faculty from the Aspen Middle School and Aspen Elementary School participated in the Art For The Sky project. They created a giant 100-foot image of the Earth and a dove of peace made out of snow in celebration of Earth Day in collaboration with Daniel Dancer, an Oregon-based artist who creates giant images using people as human paint drops.

Students and volunteers laid out the design in a freezing blizzard, shoveling snow to make this event possible. Everyone who participated in Art for the Sky was touched by the amazing community collaboration, the ownership of working hard to create art and being part of something bigger and show our respect for as well as to pay tribute to the Earth.

A very special thank you to Aspen Education Foundation for generously funding the Art for the Sky project. Thank you to Beth and Pierre Wille of the Tyrolean Lodge for generously donating accommodations for the week. Many volunteers gave time, labor, and materials. Thank you to the Thrift Shop ladies Dusty Hamrick and Lynda MacCarthy, Cheryl Sovich and Rene Sandbach with The Runaway Shovel and Anthony Todaro at Pitkin County, Donald Paullin at Buttermilk Mountain, Rich Ludwig at the Pitkin County Landfill, Doreen Golden principal at Aspen Elementary School for use of the field, Julie Wille for photos and dinner and special thanks to all the students staff and faculty at the Aspen Middle and Elementary Schools for your cooperation and participation in making this amazing project possible.

As the art teacher at Aspen Middle School, I want to thank everyone involved in this project; we all gained an understanding of what it means to be part of the whole, and how we can look at the big picture. Honoring our Earth was a joyous event.

Art changes people; people change the world.

Rae Lampe, art teacher, Aspen Middle School


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