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For Mom: Something different on Mother's Day

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)1 / 4
Leo Nardo, a student in Mary Rinke's second-grade class at Kennedy Elementary School, shows his project.(Tribune photo by Gary Miller)2 / 4
Makayla Lee shows the ceramics project she made. She is a second-grader in Mary Rinke's class at Kennedy Elementary School. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)3 / 4
Nolan Smith, 8, spends his second day in Emily Schollett's ceramics class turning his pinch pot into an animal figurine. Smith was one of 187 second-grade students at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar to learn some pottery basics from Schollett and produce a Mother's Day gift to boot. The project was funded by a grant from the Willmar Area Arts Council. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)4 / 4

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.