On Thursday, the Dedication Ceremony for Human Rights Garden was held in the Trojan Coliseum, with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the garden. The project which broke ground in September of 2016, has spanned nearly every grade and several discipline areas--from 5th grade science, 8th grade social studies, 7th grade PEP, 9-12 grade woods/building maintenance and Mrs. Deacon's high school art classes. A host of visiting artists and many speakers and field trips rounded off the educational component. The result is a beautiful sculpture garden located in the Applegate Field between the baseball field and the stadium. As S. Hiles, PHS Senior, stated in her dedication speech, "this is a garden of hope for the entire community".
Pictured are Superintendent, Scott Dutey, Maintenance Supervisor, Ralph Applegate, Project Coordinator and art teacher, April Deacon, Donna Collins, Exec. Dir of Ohio Arts Council and Amy Hughes, PHS Principal.
The Human Rights Garden was made possible by support from the following sponsors : the Ohio Arts Council, Lowe's Toolbox for Education, Paul E. Johnson Memorial Fund, Flowers Monument and JNH Construction.
Click the following links for additional information on the HR Garden.
Portsmouth Elementary's Trojan Express recently presented the Walt Disney classic, 101 Dalmations, Kids! The performance was directed by Mrs. Laurie O'Brien and Mrs. Twilite Pack. Click here for picture of the Dress Rehearsal and the Saturday evening performance.
PES Third Grade presented Off Their Rockers --also directed by Mrs. Laurie O'Brien and Mrs. Twilite Pack. Click here for pictures of the perfomance.