National Philanthropy Day Recognition

 The Jenison High School student body has been generously giving back and raising awareness for the Make-a-Wish Michigan mission for the past 20 years. I join Tracy Mossburger and Kelly Cole, JHS Student Council Teacher Advisors, in expressing an immense amount of pride in the integrity and efforts of our students! The Make-a-Wish organization itself nominated our students for “Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy” and said they “exemplify the spirit of the Kids for Wish Kids program“. Our student council representatives found out about the nomination and award during the homecoming pep assembly earlier this year along with the whole student body.

This program is a platform for youth to create fundraisers to help support the mission and grant wishes of children battling critical illnesses. In 2014 and 2018, our students raised a total of almost $30,000 during homecoming events. Students fundraised through many creative ways; selling bracelets, stars, pizza slices and they even hosted a community carnival and tailgate party prior to the 2018 Homecoming football game. The students led the way to make this a successful community effort. 

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Earlier this year at the homecoming pep assembly, the student body was surprised with the news that they had been nominated for and awarded the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award.

In addition, each class adopted a child who had experienced a wish granted by Make-a-Wish Michigan, and created a themed float for the homecoming parade based on that wish. Our students were so inspired, and felt empowered to make a difference, through the chance to meet the local wish kids and partner with them on the creation of the float. 

“I feel incredibly lucky that I get to work with such amazing kids, they give so much of themselves each day to better our community. Please don’t ever think that high school kids can’t do something… give them some guidance, direction, and freedom to develop and they will do more than you can think possible! I am also lucky that I have gotten to connect with some pretty amazing people at, and through, Make-A-Wish.”

Tracy Mossburger,

Jenison High School Teacher and Student Council

Make-a-Wish Michigan has shown immense gratitude for the way our student body has displayed selfless acts of kindness for many deserving children in West Michigan. The creativity and perseverance of our students through these efforts shows them leading by example. The character of our students to work so hard, focusing on others is such an inspiring thing to witness. Go Wildcats!

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Tracy Mossburger and Kelly Cole, JHS Teacher Advisors attended the award ceremony with the Student Council representatives . 

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On November 12, the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan (AFPWM) honored Jenison High School with ‘Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award 2019’.

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Homecoming Blog posts:

Homecoming Dreams Big 2018

Make a Wish for Homecoming 2018

Homecoming 2014

 

JPS Partnering with Parents

Our district’s highest priority is the care and education of the children in our community. Everywhere I look, I’m surrounded by staff that is committed to fulfilling the district’s mission which is, “to ensure that each and every student grows intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially in a safe and caring environment.” Not only do we have the best-of-the-best taking great pride in the curriculum, quality of instruction, extra-curricular activities, and beautiful facilities that are available to support our students; my colleagues are consistently collaborating with each other, and engaging with parents to help children find success now and in the future.

1254344780175e62ac9fd57a668510fa5024ca78Those collaborations can happen by focusing on the school work at hand and beyond. The Jenison Parent Liaison program has provided family unit support for students with a steadfast commitment over the last few years. I’m so excited to see it continue full steam ahead with some very compassionate and enthusiastic people leading the way. As Parent Liaisons representing the Family Resource Center, it is their mission to help families be successful at home so that students can be successful at school.

The Family Resource Center can be of assistance with mental health support, food insecurity and clothing, navigating insurance processes, as well as supporting teachers and families through crisis (death, grief, loss). They also offer programs for homework assistance, leadership and character development. 

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Mary Veldink (left) has been a 3rd grade teacher for 23 years but has been involved with the Jenison Parent Liaison program since its inception. Mary is now a full time Parent Liaison and assists Pinewood Elementary, Sandy Hill Elementary, El Puente, Jenison Junior High, and the JIA. Beth Morey (right) has been with the district for 11 years as a speech pathologist in the ASD program. She is also a fully dedicated Parent Liaison and will now support Bauerwood Elementary, Rosewood Elementary, Bursley Elementary, Jenison High School, and Steam Tech families in her new role. They both support ECC families.

They are so pleased to be able to connect so many families with the resources they need to make life a little smoother. Recently, they saw many community families join for the 7 week ‘Meet up and Eat up’ summer food service program. It was exciting to have numerous high school sports teams also come alongside them and serve food and play with the kids during that time. 

The Family Resource Center was also able to assist with family scholarships for camping vacations at Spring Hill. And when the summer was winding down, they were handing out backpacks and supplies where needed.

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Sue Hetfield and Jodi Huyser, Jenison ECC PreK teachers and ECC Family Outreach leaders were given a match-making vision to change the lives of preschoolers and their families.

I would also like to introduce another program for the PreK families, The ECC Family Outreach. This program came from two very passionate preschool teachers who had a shared vision based on the needs they see everyday. They have worked tirelessly based on the belief that it is essential to make a home-to-school connection as soon as possible. Matching families with resources and making families successful at the beginning of a child’s school experience has the potential to change the trajectory of that child’s life. They are offering monthly sessions to engage with parents regarding topics such has healthy habits, budgeting, outdoor safety, healthy eating and literacy.

The problem solving passion that is behind both the ECC Family Outreach and the Family Resource Center is a strong characteristic of our #BeRelentless community.  I’m proud of the hard work that has transpired to bring our families support when needed. When we’re doing what’s best for our students and families, we can’t go wrong. Please check out some family resources below or ask your school principal to learn more about these programs.

If community members would like to help the Family Resource Center support other Jenison families, there are ongoing collections of gently used, in-style, in-season clothing for community partner, Threads Clothing MinistryOther donations of activity gift cards for families to spend time together on weekends or school holidays are very helpful as well (Rebounderz, Bowling, Movies, Zoo, etc.).

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ArtMoves Summer Series: Levi Beadenkopf

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Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 


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ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Levi Beadenkopf

  • Grade: just completed 1st grade
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Book: Green Eggs and Ham
  • Favorite Movie: The Greatest Showman
  • Favorite class (besides art): Gym
  • A smell he really doesn’t like: Farts
  • Plans for the Summer: Camping, trip to the Poconos, swimming, playing with friends. 
  • Something he wants to get better at: Wrestling 
  • Something he is really good at: Baseball
  • Musical instrument? No
  • Pets? No
  • Age when he will feel grown up? 14
  • ‘Happy Place’? Family Chuck E. Cheese

“Sunset”

Artist Statement: Levi’s favorite part of this project was adding paint because it was “really fun and it turned out really nice”.  When Levi is not at school he makes stuff at home out of paper and paint, he does art every day! When Levi grows up he wants to be a wrestler, an artist, and basketball player.

Levi Beadenkopf


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Levi’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at Remax of Grand Rapids. Thank you Wyoming Remax team for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!


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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

 

ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

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ArtMoves Summer Series: Julia Carney

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This summer, we will highlight the Jenison ArtMoves program. Each week, we will feature one of the talented student artists and local businesses that have supported the Jenison Visual Arts Department.

Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 


ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Julia Carney

  • Grade: just completed 4th grade
  • Favorite Color: Teal
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Book: The One and Only Ivan
  • Favorite Movie: End Game
  • Favorite class (besides art): Writing
  • A smell she really doesn’t like: Her Brother
  • Plans for the Summer: Camping
  • Something she wants to get better at: Gymnastics
  • Something she is really good at: Gymnastics
  • Musical instrument? Not yet
  • Pets? Dog named Zella
  • Age when she will feel grown up? She’s not planning to grow up!
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“Zella”

Artist Statement: I like this artwork because it has a lot of patterns. I do a lot of patterns when I create my art. My Dad does a lot of art.  I think that is why I make art at home. I do it a lot when I am bored.

Julia Carney

 


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Julia’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at First United Credit Union in Grandville. Thank you Mark Richter and team for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!


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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

 

ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

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ArtMoves Summer Series: Kamy Sytsma

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Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 

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ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Kamy Sytsma

  • Grade: Just completed 3rd grade at Pinewood Elementary
  • Favorite Color: Gold
  • Favorite Food: Watermelon
  • Favorite Book: The Stolen Girl
  • Favorite Movie: The Parent Trap
  • Favorite class – besides art: Gym
  • A smell she really doesn’t like: Rotten Milk
  • Plans for the Summer: Boating
  • Something she wants to get better at: Math
  • Something she is really good at: Gymnastics
  • Musical instrument? Recorder
  • Pets? Diesel – 5 yo German Shorthaired Pointer and Delta – 4 month old German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Age when she will feel grown up? 16
  • ‘Happy Place’?  Boating near River Ridge (On the Muskegon River)

“Abstract Chalk Portrait”

Artist Statement: I enjoyed blending the chalk pastels for my portrait. I also enjoyed tracing the pencil lines with black glue. At the end we had to spray hairspray on are artwork to keep the chalk pastels from rubbing off.

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Kamy’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at Chemical Bank on Baldwin in Jenison. Thank you Chemical Bank for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!

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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

 

ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

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ArtMoves Summer Series: Allison Kachel

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This summer, we will highlight the Jenison ArtMoves program. Each week, we will feature one of the talented student artists and local businesses that have supported the Jenison Visual Arts Department.

Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 


ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Allison Kachel

  • Grade: just completed 11th grade
  • Favorite Color: Forest Green
  • Favorite Food: Pad Thai
  • Favorite Book: Banana Fish (manga)
  • Favorite Movie: Kill Bill
  • Favorite class (besides art): World Religions or Sociology
  • A smell she really doesn’t like: Gasoline
  • Plans for the Summer: I am attending an Interfaith camp over the summer.
  • Something she wants to get better at: Drawing…
  • Something she is really good at: Procrastinating 
  • Musical instrument? – No
  • Pets? If so, what are they and the pet’s name – I have a cat named Whiskers
  • Age when she will feel grown up? – 27
  • ‘Happy Place’? – In my dreams
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JHS Art Teacher Sara Buzzitta and Allison

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“Double Gourds”

Artist Statement: What I learned while making this project is that you shouldn’t blend oil pastels with a blending stump! I also learned that I need to use oil pastels lightly and gently. Another thing I learned is how fun drawing gourds is! I also think I could have contrasted the gourds a bit more with different colors. I think it would be fun to come back to this piece some time in the future and redraw it.

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Alison’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at Hughes Management. Thank you Hughes Management for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!


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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

 

ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

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ArtMoves Summer Series: Trisha Shuck

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Trisha and her parents, Lindsey and Jeff Shuck at the ArtMoves Gala

This summer, we will highlight the Jenison ArtMoves program. Each week, we will feature one of the talented student artists and local businesses that have supported the Jenison Visual Arts Department.

Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 


ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Trisha Shuck

  • Grade: just completed the 6th grade at Bauerwood Elementary
  • Favorite Color: Magenta 
  • Favorite Food: Dessert 
  • Favorite Book: Land of Stories 
  • Favorite Movie: The Goofy Movie 
  • Favorite class – besides art: Gym
  • A smell she really doesn’t like: Onions 
  • Plans for the Summer: Hang with friends 
  • Something she wants to get better at: Painting 
  • Something she is really good at: Singing
  • Musical instrument: No
  • Pets: 2 cats, Jack and Ollie and a dog named Nala 
  • Age when she will feel grown up? 18
  • ‘Happy Place’? With my friends 
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Trisha and her art teacher, Ashley Hankamp


“Mixed Media Landscape”

Artist Statement: I like how I can express myself in art and how it takes me away from everything else and I can put my thoughts on paper!  My favorite part of this project was my crazy creative dots because they represent me!

Trisha Shuck


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Trisha’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at Remax of Grand Rapids. Thank you Wyoming Remax team for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!


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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

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ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

ArtMoves Summer Series: Seth TerHaar

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This summer, we will highlight the Jenison ArtMoves program. Each week, we will feature one of the talented student artists and local businesses that have supported the Jenison Visual Arts Department.

Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 


ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Seth TerHaar

  • Favorite Color: Dark green 
  • Favorite Food: Tacos 
  • Favorite Book: Of Mice and Men 
  • Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music
  • Favorite class – besides art: English Literature 
  • A smell he really doesn’t like: The Sweet Pea Bath and Body Works scent!
  • Plans for the Summer: Curating for an art gallery and hopefully road tripping with friends! 
  • Something he wants to get better at: Oil painting and cooking 
  • Something he is really good at: Posting my artwork on social media FB:@sethhaarter, IG:@sethhaarter or Twitter: @sethhaarter
  • Musical instrument? I’ve been playing the cello for eight years 
  • Pets? A black cat named Pirate
  • How old will you be when you think you will feel grown up? I feel like a grown up in my artistic/business life but when it comes to doing things like getting ready to go to college I feel like a small child.
  • Where is your ‘happy place’? Anytime I am driving in my car for a longer period of time where I can roll down the windows and blast music through the speakers!

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    Seth with JHS Art Teachers Sara Buzzitta (L) and Melissa Griffore (R)


“Big Red”

Artist Statement: This piece was created for my AP Art portfolio. The goal of this piece was to really just experiment and practice using watercolors. I chose this landscape because I really wanted to use something that was easily recognizable like the Holland lighthouse.

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Seth’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at the world headquarters of City2Shore. Thank you Steve and Shelley Frody for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!


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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

 

ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

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ArtMoves Summer Series: Shelby Orlik

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This summer, we will highlight the Jenison ArtMoves program. Each week, we will feature one of the talented student artists and local businesses that have supported the Jenison Visual Arts Department.

Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. 


ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Shelby Orlik

  • Grade: just completed the 3rd grade at Rosewood Elementary
  • Favorite Color: Teal
  • Favorite Food: Chicken Stir Fry
  • Favorite Book: The Cupcake Club Series
  • Favorite Movie: Parent Trap & Freaky Friday
  • Favorite class – besides art: Math or Gym
  • A smell she really doesn’t like: puke and stinky feet.
  • Plans for the Summer: To have Fun!!
  • Something she wants to get better at: Rip Sticking
  • Something she is really good at: Gymnastics
  • Musical instrument: Ukulele
  • Pets: My dog, Mia
  • Age when she will feel grown up? Somewhere between 9 and 20
  • ‘Happy Place’? Sitting in my Big Joe

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“Sun/Moon Painting”

Artist Statement: Shelby’s favorite part of this project was painting with the bright neon colors. When Shelby isn’t at school she enjoys playing with her friends and reading. She would like to be a teacher when she grows up.

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Shelby’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at Tarry Hall Roller Rink. Thank you Tarry Hall for investing in our students and blessing your clients with this fun piece of art!

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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home.

Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

ArtMoves Summer Series: Quinn Terpstra

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This summer, we will highlight the Jenison ArtMoves program. Each week, we will feature one of the talented student artists and local businesses that have supported the Jenison Visual Arts Department.

Please join us in celebrating our students and thanking these local partners by visiting their businesses. ArtMoves Gala photography by Damion Van Slyke Photography.

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ArtMoves is an annual art leasing program created by the Jenison Visual Arts Department. The goal is to connect our talented students with local businesses, and to promote the outstanding work of our student artists.

Business owners in and around the community attend the annual gala and have the opportunity to lease their favorite artwork for a year. The artwork remains on display and at the end of the lease, the student receives their artwork back to proudly display at home. 

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Many hands go into making this program a reality! A heartfelt thank you goes out to…

  • Our amazing staff of Jenison art teachers fostering creativity in all students
  • Our high school art teachers and students who help mat the artwork
  • Mr. Albert’s high school wood shop class for making the custom frames
  • Norbert’s Glass for the donation of the glass for the frames
  • The many business partners who invest in our students and value the community we live in!

 


ArtMoves Featured Artist:

Quinn Terpstra

  • Grade: just completed the 3rd grade at El Puente
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Food: Hamburgers
  • Favorite Book: Dog Man
  • Favorite Movie: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
  • Favorite class – besides art: Gym
  • A smell he really doesn’t like: Farts
  • Plans for the Summer: Summer camp
  • Something he wants to get better at: Math
  • Something he is really good at: Soccer
  • Musical instrument: No
  • Pets: 2 Fish (Stripe and Gill), and a hermit crab (Pinchy)
  • Age when he will feel grown up: 18
  • ‘Happy place’: Home
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Quinn with his art teacher Mrs. Rachel Kunnen

“Vase of Flowers”

Artist Statement: Quinn’s favorite part of this project was drawing the flowers and adding color using paint and oil pastel. When Quinn isn’t at school he enjoys watching tv and playing the Wii. He also likes to play on the swingset. Quinn is a fantastic artist and works hard at each and every project!

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Quinn’s artwork has been leased for 1 year and is on display at Hawthorne Collection in their Hudsonville location. Thank you Hawthorne Collection for investing in our students  and blessing your shoppers with this beautiful piece of art!