School gardens bloom across the parish thanks to district’s talented art students

Mimosa Park Elementary's front office is festive thanks to the hard work of talented arts students there.

Each year the St. Charles Parish Public School System’s talented art students and teachers gather at the Lafon Performing Art Center for a Talented Arts Workshop where different artists are invited to come and demonstrate techniques and spend a day with the students.

Summer Zeringue McCune, Destrehan High School’s talented art teacher and the district’s talented art chairman for the workshops, said the event is something students and teachers look forward to all year.

Unfortunately, this year it had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

But that didn’t stop the creativity from flowing. In lieu of the workshop, McCune invited each school’s program to create a garden of possibilities installation for their front offices.

Hahnville High School’s garden art display

“All of this was inspired by the house floats in New Orleans,” McCune said. “When I saw all of the houses being decorated like floats because parades were cancelled, I thought, ‘This is awesome … we’re going to turn our school offices into floats.’”

The theme “A Garden of Possibilities” was chosen.

“Each school created a beautiful garden display to greet staff and guests as they enter the school,” McCune said. “These gardens will create a breath of fresh air for schools’ entryways and remind us all to take a deep breath as we venture into a New Year.”

McCune said photographs of each school’s display will be taken to create a Parade of Schools.

“The feedback we’re getting is awesome,” she said. “The kids had such a ball making it. Each school has their own flair, and all of the flowers are so different … they sort of have the children’s personality in it.”


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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