Art CAN Make a Difference took place last week at the Peabody Essex. The museum invited Salem Public Schools in for an art show of student-created work — theme NATURE! — and to gather cans to donate to local food security programs. 

Carlton students created lollipop tree landscapes in the style of Austrian-born New Zealand artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, leaf monoprints on watercolor backgrounds, landform silhouette collages, southwestern landscape pinch pot planters, Great Smoky Mountain abstract tree sculptures, ceramic leaf bowl sculptures, and the word "nature" in illustrative lettering.

Carlton and other elementary schools also created birdbaths. Ours, "Along the Shore," featured bits of sea glass and shells. All the birdbaths were auctioned off. The family of Cade and Dever Cornell bought the birdbath and donated it to Carlton - look for it next time you're at school. Thanks, Cornells, and thanks Mrs. Bouffard and Carlton students for your hard work.