Showing posts from August, 2016

Matt Wilhelm visits Hester

Matt Wilhelm is a BMX rider and motivational speaker who visited Hester Junior High on our opening day to speak to students about perseverance and standing up for others.  Matt wowed us all with his BMX tricks - he even jumped over Mr. Esker, Mr. Barker and Mr. Trotter on his bike! The Hester student body was a great crowd and enjoyed the inspirational words.  Some of Matt's accomplishments include: 3-Time X Games Medalist 2-Time National Champion World Championship Bronze and Silver Medalist Semi-Finalist on  America’s Got Talent Winner of  America’s Got Talent  YouTube Competition Winner of FOX TV’s  30 Seconds to Fame Red Bull Fight with Flight Champion Some video clips from the assembly: To see our student volunteers learn a new trick: To see Matt jump over Mr. Trotter, Mr. Esker and Mr. Barker: Here's some of the photos taken by Weronika M & Ms. Ryan:

The Memory Project 2016

For the second year, the Hester Art Club participated in the Memory Project, this year creating portraits for children in Peru.   The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, and extreme poverty. We want the portraits to help the children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to act as meaningful pieces of personal history in the future. For the art students, we want this to be an opportunity to creatively practice kindness and global awareness. To do this, we receive photos of children and teens from global charities operating residential homes, schools, and care centers in a number of different countries every year. Art Club participants took the responsibility seriously and worked hard to create high quality, original artworks for these children.  To vie