SPS Volunteer and Teacher in the Spotlight: Commitment to the Arts

On February 9, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Somerville Public Schools celebrates Volunteer Clare Goldsmith and Visual Arts Instructor Barbara Marder.  Ms. Goldsmith began volunteering with Somerville Public Schools in 2008 and has been joining Ms. Marder in her K-8 Kennedy School art room every Monday since then.  Ms. Goldsmith returns every week because she enjoys “being part of the spontaneity and creativity, and seeing the different ways students can express themselves through art.”  A photographer, collector and painter, Clare has also been delighted with the historical perspective gained through Ms. Marder’s arts classes, where projects are integrated with student curriculum, and in particular with history and culture.   Ms. Marder, who is due to retire to pursue her own arts career and help with her grandchildren, has enjoyed the classroom support and friendship with Ms. Goldsmith.  “Mondays are my best days,” she says, “Clare has been a tremendous help in the classroom and working individually with students.”  Somerville Public Schools wishes Ms. Marder well in her retirement (rumor has it she’ll soon be volunteering with the music department), and celebrates Ms. Goldsmith’s five years of volunteer service.


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