7th Annual Diversity through Artistry Teaches Local 3rd Graders about Respect

NEWARK, Ohio, March 26, 2018 — For the seventh year in a row, students, staff and faculty of both The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) volunteered time to help the third graders of Legend Elementary learn about diversity through the creation of art. A celebration reception was held on March 22 in the John Gilbert Reese Center.

Thirteen volunteers assisted the students of four classes create both individual and group art pieces exploring the topics of race, religion, family and body image. Sandra Badger, Legend Elementary art teacher, utilized the book "The Colors of Us" by Karen Katz to both teach the students a new language to describe skin color and help inspire their art.​


"They (Legend Elementary students) started using the language of the book to describe skin colors and the world around them," said Ms. Snider, Legend Elementary teacher. "This year they had to work in groups and learn how to work together to create the art, so they learned even more about working with diversity."

During the reception, Newark mayor Jeff Hall was the guest speaker and four Legend Elementary students were the special speakers. The third graders all received certificates for their participation.

"I learned that each kind thing you do is like a ripple in the pond that spreads out into the world," said Ellis Bolte, third grader. Fellow third grader Klair Madison said, "We are all different, but the same by being kind to each other is what I learned." Another third grader Naseem Faraj added, "I learned that everyone should respect differences in people."​


L to R: Legend Elementary third grade speakers: Peyton Midley, Ellis Bolte, Klair Madison and Naseem Faraj.​

Mayor Hall briefly spoke. "Art projects such as this teach children about diversity and compassion. We believe that teaching about diversity is not only necessary, but absolutely essential to the human condition," he said. "Diversity is the one true thing we have in common."

The third graders' art will be on display in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center through the end of March.

For more information, contact Vorley Taylor, Ohio State Newark and COTC program manager of multicultural affairs at taylor.1051@osu.edu, mca@cotc.edu or (740) 366-9443.

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors. ​​