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lOB WednesdayT Feb. 21~ 2001 Bulletin, Indian Valley children discover dragons hidden in their art as special lessons unfold By Alicia Higbee Indian Valley Editor Crescent Mills artist Gretchen Klett dreams of someday illustrating, writing and publishing books for chil- dren. Her dream is taking shape in Greenville, where she is learn- ing how to teach children and share her enjoyment of art with them. When she was younger, Gretchen wanted to design al- bum covers. She took several different art classes at various schools, including the University of Pennsylvania and the Fliesher Art Memorial. A woman of two worlds, Gretchen loves life in both the country and the city. From fourth grade on into her high school .years, Gretchen lived on a farm in Massachusetts. She has also lived in the big cities of Boston and Philadel- phia. Both city and country have something unique to offer, ac- cording to Gretchen. "I've ridden subways, and I've ridden horses, she say with a laugh. Gretchen moved to Plumas County almost two years ago to help her family run the Crescent Hotel. Since then, she has enrolled in classes at Feather River Col- lege and become a member of the Plumas County Arts Com- mission board of directors. She will continue her path toward teaching credentials at Chico State. Meanwhile, she is a part- time aide for the Healthy Start After School Program in Greenville. Here, she is up to her elbows in children and her love of art. Last week, it was time to teach children how to make mono prints. Hearts were painted with the words, "I Love You," paint- ed on backwards. When the pa- per was pulled off, students were surprised at the colorful results. She also guided the children through creating a mural of ocean life and a Chinese paper dragon. Besides directing their cre- ative efforts, Gretchen also en- courages the children to talk about what they are learning. While creating the mural, Gretchen was impressed with the students' knowledge about the sea creatures they were painting. With the Chinese dragon, students were also learning about the Chinese New Year celebrations, the differences between the Roman calendar and the Chinese calendar, and Chinese philosophy. So, while Gretchen has not quite reached her dream, it is certainly taking shape as she works with children. Even among the boisterous confusion that results from a room full of children with pent up energy, Gretchen smiles as she handles one crisis here and a beautiful splash of color there. ( ..................... :! / .'(':" ...... t ..' I i L( .... Gretchen adds another student's work of art to the grow- ing collection. .# :Y ,J PhotOs Gretchen Klett's art table is a colorft, I, I i ancl, of quiet surrounded by children eating snacks and otherwise releasing melt stored ue enercrv in the gram at Greenville Elementary School. - -" ) oO ) 0 C 0 DON'T BE OUT IN.THE O o Immediate assistance is available for O qualified families* with a utility crisis** o AND For all others who qualify* a payment can be made o to your utility account to help reduce your energy cost O 0 0 0 0 0 0 C * A qualified household must have Call or drop in for an gross annual income at or below the location nearest yoU. the following: Family Size Gross Annual Income Plumas County Community Oev. 1 $17,228 or less 2 $22,529 or less 3 $27,829 or less 4 $33,130 or less 5 $38,431 or less "Certain additional restrictions apply ** Utifity Crisis: Utilities are shut off Have a 48 hr. or less shut-off notice Out, or almost out of fuel or wood 0 0 Commission: 283-2466 Passage Adult Resource Center: 283-0891 Plumas Crisis Intervention Center: 283-5515 P_O.BZOLA Healthy Start: 832-1827 Healthy Start: 284-1560 ESl"ER ABC Center: 258-4280 Wildwood Ctr.: 258-3350 Bt] LCg_JJt X Dept. of Social Services: Oil Never Wears Out- It Just Gets D rty!, Over 40% of all contamination in our nation s waterways is from crankcase oil draining. 1 quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water. 2.5 quarts of re-refined lubricating oil can be produced from one gallon of used oil. Recycle your Uncontaminated Used Motor Oil and Filters Crepe paper dragon heir rustles in the breeze each time the door is opened at Greenville Elementary School. Gretchen Klett helped students create this colorful Chinese dragon, while listening to them talk about the Chinese New Year celebration, the Chinese calen- dar and Chinese philosophy. Drop off your used oil at one of these !.ocal collection centers or call 1-800-CLEANUP for intormaUon on recvclin= in your For additional information visit the WWJ80Oc'leanfip.o/g *Chester Transfer Station*Greenville Transfer Station & Hwy 36 & A-13 Greenville (800) 300-1046 One! (800) 300-1046 *East Quincy Transfer StationCity. of Pert oh Land *DeHeker End of Abernathy Lane off Hwy. 70 Portola Dump Road, Portola 73981 : 1:. uincy For Po olacit resid nts onlyDelleker (530) 83-2065 (530) 832 lBTY *Graeagle Recycling Center 920 Graeaele-Blairsd n Road (530) 832-4879 La Porte Transfer Station 2121 Portwine Road (800) 300-1046 (530) co,,t cdb br Imrs d ad d d Gretchen guided students through the creation of this mural depicting ocean life. Stu- dents selected and drew sea creatures they learned about in school, chose the colors of the mural end then filled in all the shapes after they created a paint-by-number method for many hands. RECYCLE USED OIL *Certified Used Oil Collection Centers offer 4 cents per quart. 16 cents for your used motor oil. Used oil is accepted in containers Please bring your oil in tightly as chain containers or DO NOT mix oil with any other ml l mce such as antifreeze, brake fluid, I nsmission fluid or anything else.. 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