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PUSD welcomes Smucker with student art show that's all about him

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Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Dave Smucker talks with Alisa LeBlanc, 9, a student at Abia Judd Elementary School, about her watercolor painting Thursday afternoon during the opening reception of the Mr. Smucker and His Family Art Show.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Dave Smucker talks with Alisa LeBlanc, 9, a student at Abia Judd Elementary School, about her watercolor painting Thursday afternoon during the opening reception of the Mr. Smucker and His Family Art Show.

Prescott Unified School District's new superintendent Dave Smucker and his family were officially welcomed to Prescott Thursday afternoon with the opening of an art show featuring "all things Smucker."

According to PUSD Fine Arts Coordinator Amanda Chartier, the "Mr. Smucker and His Family Art Show" was the idea of district art teachers who felt that the best way to welcome the new superintendent was through an art show.

"This is an all-district effort, with art from K-12 students," Chartier explained of the art work covering the walls in the governing board meeting room and spilling out into the district office lobby.

"Each teacher developed his or her own units. We asked Mr. Smucker for pictures of his family and pets," Chartier noted.

The student artwork ranges from pop art to portraits, from landscapes to animals, "Smucker" jelly jars, and pictures of the 'super'intendent as Superman.

Abia Judd third-grader Alisa LeBlanc drew a landscape featuring aspen trees with fall colors. LeBlanc used watercolors, masking tape and charcoal to create her picture.

Alisa thought the idea of the art show was "really big and really cool."

Smucker said the art show was a "really, really nice welcoming, and seeing the student artwork is just great. I really don't like a lot of attention brought on me, but it is all here, so I am going to enjoy it."

The new superintendent's wife, Nancy Smucker, said, "This town is so welcoming. This is over the top."

Christina Horn visited the art show with her six-year-old daughter Genevieve, a first-grade student at Taylor Hicks.

She said that in addition to welcoming Smucker, she "liked seeing what the district is doing with its art program."

The Smucker family art show will remain on display at the district office through December.

"It is so Prescott," said PUSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations Joe Howard. "We're going to give someone a good welcome."

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