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Primary School kids soar with the spirit of eagles

"The second graders in Christine Elliot's class show off the T-shirts they designed and made during the South Whidbey Primary School's spirit week celebration.Kate Poss, staff photosEver try to draw an eagle? It's not easy, but about 300 kids did it, in a celebration of school spirit at South Whidbey Primary School last week. Each student drew an eagle, the school's mascot, on a T-shirt. Bernadine Mahar, South Whidbey Primary School's principal, said the idea of having the kids make the T-shirts themselves was to give them a feeling of pride in their school and a sense of personal accomplishment in their creative work.Mahar had discovered a book that teaches drawing from simple shapes, explained second grade teacher Christie Elliot. Eagles are hard to draw, Elliot said. We looked at pictures and used them as a model.In Elliot's class, students practiced their pictures first on a sheet of paper. Then they drew the form with pencil on a gray T-shirt printed with a blue school logo and empty picture frame. Finally, they colored the picture in with permanent pens. The end result showed the many ways kids see eagles.Some of the majestic birds were shown hatching from eggs. Others were a profile. Some flew into the sunset with a mountain backdrop.First Grader Vice Radisch in Bev Wills' class drew a eagles on T-shirts for some of the grownups who felt drawing impaired.Pat Lovevica, school secretary, proudly wore one of Radisch's designs.I don't draw, so Mrs. Wills took pity on me and sent a student over, Lovevica said.Radisch also drew an eagle flying over smiling flower faces for her teacher.I'm really proud of them, Wills said of her students' artistic talent. "

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