Tonawanda News

The City

April 26, 2014

Inspiring students to get creative

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Tonawanda News — “I liked the story of the painting she threw away,” said fifth-grader Ava Scholz. “How even if you don’t like something, someone else might.”

Everyone gets frustrated, Lapore said. She believes the only way to get past it is to just keep going and work at it everyday. She tries not to believe in mistakes because sometimes, they turn out to be more beautiful than what you were originally trying to create. 

The staff at Fletcher say they are grateful to give the kids this opportunity. The importance of the arts is often forgotten and the programs are often the first thing on the table when it comes to budget cuts, which is a shame, according to Lepore. 

“I hope the kids take an appreciation for art from this,” said Fletcher Principal John McKenna, “It’s important to nurture everyone’s unique talents. These types of experiences are great for kids to see.” 

Lepore realizes that she is one of the lucky few who was able to turn her hobby into a career. She paints every single day and believes she will never be done learning. Her latest piece is a large canvas painting of the Italian city of Venice. 

“The presentation went well, the kids are great and I can tell they put a lot of thought into their questions,” Lepore said. “For any of the students that really have a passion for art, I hope this is a boost, something that inspires them to keep going.”

Contact reporter Mia Summerson at 693-1000, ext. 4313.

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