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Student art to be displayed in Massena superintendent’s office

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MASSENA - After spending nearly two months in a room surrounded by nearly empty walls, Massena Central School Interim Superintendent William H. Flynn said he has something to spruce up his office.

“I sat in here all through the month of March and I said, ‘I can’t sit in here staring at these bare walls any longer,” Mr. Flynn said, adding when he was trying to come up with ways to decorate an office he may not be in for very long the idea of using student art came to mind.

“We’re trying to spotlight student art,” he said. “With children’s artwork you usually just put a tack in it and put it on the wall, but once you frame it and display it it becomes so much more.”

Mr. Flynn said he then put out feelers to find students who would be willing to lend their work to the district to display in the superintendent’s office.

The first student to come forward was sophomore Cashlynn Jaggers, who is lending a watercolor titled “Hope.”

Ms. Jaggers said her inspiration for the piece was a photograph taken by a member of her church who traveled to Africa with a group called “Children of Hope.

“It shows an African slum with a beautiful flower in the front and that’s why I called it Hope,” she said.

“It’s beautiful,” Mr. Flynn replied,

District Clerk Candy Prairie, who also serves as Mr. Flynn’s secretary, said Ms. Jaggers’s work will be the first of what is hopefully many pieces displayed in the office.

“We’re going to start a rotation of art from the district’s talented art students to display in the superintendent’s office and Cashlynn kicks off our rotation,” she said.

When asked why she stepped forward to lend her work to the district, Ms. Jaggers said art is something that is meant to be enjoyed by others.

“It’s nice to have my work displayed where other people can enjoy it,” she said.

Massena Central High School Principal Patrick Farrand said he’s expecting other students will also come forward to have their work displayed. Mr. Farrand also said he appreciates the fact Mr. Flynn has taken an interest in the students of the district, despite his role as an interim superintendent.

“I appreciate that you’ve taken an interest in the student’s work,” Mr. Farrand said. “The students are anxious to have it on display.”

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