Rocklin schools receive Picturing America program

By: Staff report
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Granite Oaks and Spring View middle school libraries are two of more than 26,000 school and public libraries across the nation to receive the Picturing America program from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Picturing America is a free initiative that helps teach American history and culture by bringing some of the country’s great art directly to classrooms and libraries. “We are so pleased to receive Picturing America,” said Anne Mangels, district librarian in a news release. “This program will enrich learning by giving students a chance to experience the power of some of our nation’s finest art.” Granite Oaks and Spring View both received 40 large, high-quality reproductions of great American art and a comprehensive teachers’ resource book to facilitate the use of the works of art in core subjects. Picturing America’s resources are designed to allow each work of art to enhance the study of American history, social studies, language arts, literature and civics. Larry Weiss and Miranda Lema, art teachers at the two schools, said they are enthusiastic about the program. "Through its high quality art prints, Picturing America offers students a glimpse into America's rich history,” said Lema of Granite Oaks. “This resource, with links to subjects across the curriculum, not only builds understanding of our culture, it also promotes pride in our American identity."