A clay and tile mural constructed by Lyndon Town School middle school students has been chosen by the Vermont Art Teachers Assoc (VATA) for the Youth Art Month flag for the state of Vermont. The group will use a pdf image of the mural to produce the flag which will go to the National Conference in New York City in March.

The LTS 6-8th grade students, led by art teacher Martha Elmes, built the large mural during their twice a week After The Bell Art Club. The mural features a Vermont scene with a river running through it to emphasize the place water holds in our communities. It continues this year's VATA theme of an "Art Storm" or "Flood of Creativity" in which students produced art sold for Vermont flood relief. LTS students created and sold raindrop magnets, raising $88 for flood relief. The flag will be displayed at the conference surrounded by "raindrop" submissions made by Vermont students from around the state. The mural is currently on display in the entrance foyer of the school.

After The Bell is a new extended day program for 6-8th grade students at LTS funded by the Caledonia North Supervisory Union 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Programs grant and a Nellie Mae Foundation grant awarded by the VT Dept of Education last September. The grant goals are to develop and expand extra-curricular programming and opportunities for middle school students through collaboration and coordination between school administration and staff, afterschool staff, and community organizations. The program is open Monday through Thursday from 2:45--5 p.m. Students can choose from a variety of clubs offered each day led by LTS teachers and guest instructors.

The Student Learning Lab, run by LTS staff who staff the program during the school day, is open daily from 3-5 p.m. for help with homework and academic skills.

After The Bell is open to all 6-8th grade students at no charge; this includes clubs and Learning Lab attendance and a daily snack. Students may attend the Learning Lab and then go to a club or attend their club from 3-4 p.m. and go to the lab from 4-5 p.m. Some students attend sports or intramurals and then go to a club or the Learning Lab. There is a free late bus that leaves the school at 5 for students who need transportation home. Students need to enroll at the school to attend and parent permission is required for students to ride the late bus home.

For more information, call Diane Janukajtis, CNSU Kingdom Afterschool director, at 626-6100, ext. 215. Melodie Fox, After The Bell site coordinator, can be contacted at the school, 626-3209, for help with student sign-ups; sign-up forms are available at the school and on the LTS website.

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