Decorating for fall in Seneca

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Student Katie Baker (left) gets some instruction on painting a black crow from Art Teacher Cody Sime.

The Seneca Community Club and the students at Seneca Schools recently collaborated to decorate the community for fall. Local artist Hans Gill designed and assembled 25 scarecrows as well as 96 wooden stakes topped off with pumpkins, sunflowers and black crows (32 of each). Then, students in grades first through 12th were assigned the duty of painting the pieces in art class, with teacher Cody Sime directing them. The community club provided all the materials and paint for the project, and Paul and Margaret Benzing donated the pumpkins and gourds that were added to the artsy arrangements now displayed on various street corners and in front of the school. The decorations will be stored over the winter and reused next year too. “This project was intended to get the kids involved in the community and help beautify the streets before people drive through town for Gays Mills Apple Fest,” said Barb Boland, of the Seneca Community Club. Pictured (front row, from left) Delaney Boland, Elizabeth Lalonde; (back row) Gabe Burgin, Joey Oppriecht, Anya Aspenson and Eric Newberry. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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