Students with special needs from throughout South County
showed off their artistic side Wednesday at an annual art show.
The event was organized by employees with the South County Special
Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for students in special education programs at
the six school districts within the area.
Art included drawings, paintings, collages and mixed-media
work from nearly 200 students in kindergarten through high school.
“I think it’s great for the students to see their work up
there,” said Ryan Estrellado, a coordinator with the SELPA. “We also want them
to see each other’s work.”
It was the seventh year the SELPA has organized the art
show, which provides students with an opportunity to boost their self-esteem and
explore their creativity. At the same time, it promotes the arts and ties into
new state standards that emphasize problem-solving and creativity.
“It motivates the
families and the children and makes them feel like they’re part of something
bigger than the classroom,” said Russell Coronado, senior director for the
Dozens of parents, students, and teachers visited the South
County Regional Educational Center in National City for the show. Participating
students proudly showed their work and received certificates for taking part.