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Joely Palmer, a student in Mary Rinke's second-grade class at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar, works on her project.(Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

For Mom: Something different on Mother's Day

extra Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
For Mom: Something different on Mother's Day
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

More than 180 mothers will receive Mother's Day gifts from their second-graders thanks to Emily Schollett and the Willmar Arts Council.

Schollett, a ceramic artist and Willmar native who now lives in St. Paul, spent two days in April at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar giving all the building's second-graders practical, hands-on pottery lessons.

On the first day, Schollett showed the students how to make pinch pots, the basic foundation that they would need to make their gift.

A day later, Schollett walked them through turning their pots into whatever animal they wanted.

From Kennedy, the kids' critters went to the Willmar Senior High where they were baked, said Mary Rinke, the second-grade teacher who wrote the grant to fund Schollett's visit.

Once baked, the pinch pots were returned to Kennedy so the students could paint them and have them ready for Mother's Day.