The Children’s Books section on the second floor of the newly renovated Coulter Library has a “super” feel to it. Each letter in the “Children’s Book” sign includes special artwork. Behind each letter is a superhero which was drawn by a 4th grade student at Syracuse’s McKinley-Brighton Elementary School.
Students created the artwork in December when Meredith Cantor-Feller, OCC’s Interim Dean of Visual, Performing & Applied Arts visited McKinley-Brighton. She handed out construction paper and pencils, asked students to list five qualities a superhero should have then draw their superhero.
The best superhero drawings were selected to be on-display in OCC’s library. In January Cantor-Feller returned to McKinley-Brighton and gave each student who participated in the project a “Certificate of Awesomeness.” She also presented students with photos of their artwork hanging on the walls.
The superhero project is the product of a partnership between McKinley-Brighton and Onondaga Community College aimed at helping students think about career opportunities and higher education. OCC Administrators have also worked with students on journal making and qualities which make outstanding leaders.
You can see a slideshow of proud students and their superhero drawings in the library below.