Check out this (award-winning) art from the Heart! Two Sacred Heart Greenwich Lower School students were recognized by the New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) in its annual “Long Island Sound & Its Watershed: What It Means to Me” calendar drawing contest. Shannon Foley ’30 won First Place for Grade 4, while Nora Cullinane ’32 earned an Honorable Mention for Grade 2.
NESS is an ocean adventure nonprofit based in Stonington, CT that provides STEM-based education programs on and off the water for students from all walks of life. The organization uses sailing, marine science, powerboating, and adventure sports as teaching platforms and teams up with schools in the area to teach about sustainability and environmental education. For this calendar contest, all students in grades K-6 throughout Connecticut were eligible to submit a drawing surrounding the theme, “Long Island Sound and its Watershed: What It Means to Me.” The winning designs will be featured in the 2023 printed calendar.
Here at Sacred Heart Greenwich, the Lower School art and science programs have historically collaborated to create a unit focusing on the Long Island Sound in both the second and fourth grades. Girls learn all things Long Island Sound-related, from the natural wildlife found in the habitat to important conservation efforts to save the Sound. Ms. Bogin, our Lower School art teacher, asked the girls to draw something that’s meaningful to them about the Sound as the major art component of the unit. The end result? Beautiful, heartfelt pieces of art with drawings depicting native animals in their natural habitat, stunning underwater scenes, and important slogans that call out for stronger conservation efforts.
While there won’t be an in-person celebration this year for the award winners, there will be a showing of awards on a pre-recorded presentation ceremony on Facebook and YouTube to be released before the end of the school year. Watch the Long Island Sound Calendar Virtual Award Presentation here. Congratulations to Shannon and Nora!