7th graders at ISD 166 take part in the ‘Sense of Place’ project as the school year comes to an end
In the final months of the 2023 school year at ISD, two teachers, Mila Horak and Tammy Dowling, collaborated on a 7th-grade art and technical writing project called ‘Sense of Place.’
In mid-May, the 7th-grade art and technical writing class participated in a field trip to various locations in Grand Marais to paint the site using watercolors and then write a poem about it.
The inspiration for the project stemmed from Horak’s experience growing up in Cook County and visiting Artist’s Point with her then-English teacher. “So I have this tradition in my mind that I wanted to try to continue,” she said. “I wanted to kind of give the kids a chance to interact with their environment and think about it in different ways.”
The 7th-grade class visited Pincushion, Artist’s Point, and numerous other locations near Lake Superior. Horak said the project was a fun adventure and a “high-quality project.” She intends to offer the project again next year.
WTIP’s Kalli Hawkins visited Horak and three students, Scarlet and Alivia Higgins, and Ella Hallberg, at ISD 166 the week before school wrapped up to learn about the end of the year ‘Sense of Place’ project. The audio from the interview is below.
Photos of the ‘Sense of Place’ project on display at school: