AUGUSTA- In an official statement from Governor Janet Mills and certificates from the Maine Department of Education, over 40 Mattanawcook Junior High School students were recognized for their artwork Friday morning.
“Students have so many different talents and I know that arts are important parts of school. So it’s a great way to celebrate the work that they’ve done. They like to be able to share with each other the work that they’ve done and this gives them the opportunity to share with the public as well,” Deputy Commissioner of Education Daniel Chuhta said.
In the Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education showcase at the statehouse, 42 different art pieces from the students were put on display in the Department of Education’s office in the Burton M. Cross Building.
Different student artists said traveling to the statehouse to have their art pieces recognized was a dream come true.
“I love doing art for fun. I think it’s very peaceful and calming and whenever I’m stressed I just color and draw. I got pretty excited that I came home and said ‘Mom! Mom! I got my artwork selected,'” eighth-grade student McKayla Reed said.
In addition to the certificates they received and their art being added to the department’s gallery, each student was also presented with an official signed letter from governor mills.
“It was exciting at first and it’s exciting now to be here and have my art recognized because that’s not something that usually happens for me,” sixth-grade student Addison Cyr said.