Kids give courtroom a makeover |

Kids give courtroom a makeover

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – The El Dorado Superior Court in South Lake Tahoe got a makeover June 4.

“It’s kind of an ugly building,” Judge Suzanne Kingsbury said. “It’s got grays, and browns and beiges.”

South Shore students helped paint silk banners to hang in the court rooms to brighten up the dreary walls. It took a year to complete the project, said Joy Roger, Bringing Art to Schools director.

Roger met former CASA site manager Wendy David at a Kiwanis Club meeting, and they both decided bringing children’s art into the courtroom was a good idea.

BATS is an art appreciation and history program for children.

Students from St. Theresa School, Bijou Community School, Lake Tahoe Environmental Magnet Schools, Tahoe Valley Elementary School and Sierra House Elementary participated in the project.

Rogers said students painted on silk with the guidance of Addie Chernus, who is a silk artist. Then the silk blocks were sewn together to create banners that could be hung in the court.

“It’s so exciting,” Chernus said. “It’s the culmination of a project that looks beautiful, and makes people happy.”

The art makes the courtroom more kid-friendly so children feel comfortable and relaxed, Kingsbury said.

– Sara Thompson

– Sara Thompson

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