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 cant 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.
Were trying to spotlight student art, he said. With childrens 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 superintendents 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 thats why I called it Hope, she said.
Its beautiful, Mr. Flynn replied,
District Clerk Candy Prairie, who also serves as Mr. Flynns secretary, said Ms. Jaggerss work will be the first of what is hopefully many pieces displayed in the office.
Were going to start a rotation of art from the districts talented art students to display in the superintendents 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.
Its nice to have my work displayed where other people can enjoy it, she said.
Massena Central High School Principal Patrick Farrand said hes 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 youve taken an interest in the students work, Mr. Farrand said. The students are anxious to have it on display.