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Dearing Elementary students get colorful place to wait

Goldilocks should have had it so good.

Dearing Elementary School students waiting for a car ride this past year had a choice of fashionable chairs to sit in. Bright chairs that are actually pieces of art line the front entryway of the school.

"People come in all the time and ask if they can buy one," Principal Laura Hughes said. "But they're really here for the kids. When they first were out here, nobody would sit in them. I guess they were afraid to because they look too good."

The idea for decorated chairs came after the school teachers experienced great success several years ago with painting and customizing old desks and auctioning them off to benefit Relay For Life.

"And they were such great works of art, but then they were gone," Dr. Hughes said. "And we hated to see them go out the door. We wanted something we could keep."

So, each grade level was given a plain, wooden chair to decorate for the entryway. Dr. Hughes and Assistant Principal Suzanne Arrington also each took a chair, as did Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley and his wife, Paige, and their daughter, Abigail, who attends DES.

"After a rough day, I'd say ‘I'll go spill some paint,' and Suzanne and I would go into the conference room and paint our chairs. I had so much fun. It's very therapeutic," Dr. Hughes said.

Each grade/person gave their chair a theme:

- Pre-K - Clifford the Big Red Dog

- K5 - Flower Power

- First grade - A Chair For My Mother (after the book of the same name)

- Second grade - Thumb print characters

- Third grade - Picnic

- Fourth grade - Wet Paint

- Fifth grade - Under the Sea

- Dr. Hughes - Animal Alphabet

- Mrs. Arrington - John Deere

- The Kelley's - DES Bulldog Pups.

Web posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009

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