Brookfield students showcase artwork

BROOKFIELD — The artistic and musical talents of Brookfield Schools’ students were showcased at the annual Brookfield Hungry for the Arts which also raised money for the district’s backpack program.

The event was held at Tiffany’s Banquet Center and included a judged art show and musical performances by students.

Tracy Plyler, event coordinator, said the fundraiser helps with the local community’s backpack charitable fund which helps feed local children. She said the program includes students who volunteer their time to help pack the backpacks which are given to elementary children.

”We wanted to hold a fundraiser that recognizes and showcases our students. The arts is one of the best ways to do this. Many of our students participate in band, drama, music and art,” Plyler said.

Plyler said this was the second year for the event. The 2016 event raised $3,400 which went to the backpack program which provides food for Brookfield Elementary School students.

The backpack program is in partnership with Brookfield United Methodist Church and Second Harvest Food Bank which provides food to the church.

Local Brookfield Schools groups help package and sort items at the church.

For the art show, students in grades K-12 could submit three art pieces. Three judges came in ahead of time to look over the work so winners could be recognized at the fundraiser which also included a dinner and basket raffle and performances by the drama club for their show ”Snow White Variety Show” which is being held Friday and Saturday at the school.

”It’s not just about who wins but all the talented students in Brookfield schools. Many people do not have the opportunity to see the jazz band play unless they are a band parent,” she said.

The artwork of Jim First, a senior at Brookfield, was selected Best of Show.

”It’s a really good way to show support for the schools and help the backpack program,” said First, who was a first-time participant in the contest.

”I was surprised to be selected for first,” he said for the art piece of an egg.