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The Greenhouse School: Greenhouse School Students Bring International Gold to Region

The Greenhouse School


Fall Festival was a Great Success

Thanks for coming in to take a peek inside “the place with the flags,” participating in our raffle and auction, kids’ room, face painting and other activities. Our silent auction was available online for the first time in our history, and we received many high bids.

Thanks to all the local artisans who donated handmade soaps, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and artwork. This event wouldn’t be possible without their help and the help of all the volunteers who spent the weekend with us.


Greenhouse School Students Bring International Gold to Region

Art is no poor stepchild in the curriculum at The Greenhouse School, and it shows. The Pentel Awards came last week and GHS wound up getting six of them, including two Special Gold Awards—the school’s best haul in years. For those who don’t know, art supply company Pentel has a juried international children’s art exhibit for which GHS students have competed for several years. Pentel receives over 200,000 entries worldwide. Only four Special Gold Awards are distributed in all of the US. This year, no fewer than two Special Golds were taken by young artists at GHS: Seven-year-old Max Gieg and eight year old Funmi Olatilu.

Barn in the Sunlight

"Barn in the Sunlight," Special Gold Medal Winner
Maxwell Gieg, tempera on paper

Two students won silver medals: Sixth grader Marcus McKenzie and fourth grader Adorie Troche. Two also won bronze awards: preschooler Jonah Harrison and first grader Jordan Olatilu.

“I can’t believe we took half of the whole country’s Special Golds for our tiny little school. We’re very proud of all the kids,” says Director Dan Welch. “And of course of Ms. Julia as well. She’s a bit too modest, but they couldn’t do it without her prodding.” Ms. Julia, aka Assistand Director Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde, does indeed seem a bit too modest. “It’s the kids’ work, she insists. It’s just a matter of making them follow through and do the best they can. A lot of people don’t realize what they can do until they’re pushed.”

School founder Patricia Jennings-Welch is also thrilled. Art was always important to the small school, but watching the program blossom in recent years has been fun for the recently-turned-80 year old Founder. “We’ve done Pentel for years, but this is incredible!” she gushes, adding that excellence in art is completely in line with her founding vision.

"Lost Girl," One of 4 Special Gold Medal Winners in all of US
Olafunmilola Olatilu, acrylic on recycled cardboard

“I don’t know why some parents and teachers are so afraid to push kids,” she says. “Do you think DaVinci or Picasso or Georgia O’Keefe produced the work they did by just doing what they felt like until it all just happened? Art, like academics, is work, and the more success kids have at it, the more they succeed in other areas.”

Greenhouse School 2008 Pentel Winner

Greenhouse School 2008 Pentel Winners: Marcus McKenzie 6th
grade, flanked by, from right, Jordan Olatilu, 1st grade, Adorie Troche,
4th grade, Max Gieg, 1st grade, Jonah Harrison, PreK, and Funmi
Olatilu, 2nd grade

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