Lower School “Specials” work as interdisciplinary teams to support and complement curriculum projects and initiatives throughout the school year. One such project is the fourth-grade T-shirt. Years ago, Health and Wellness Counselor Theresa Fuss taught fourth-grade leadership classes, and she designed a shirt with the motto “Leading with Heart.” Now, Dorrine DeChant, Visual Arts Teacher, has expanded that idea to include a unit on graphic design where the students can create their own leadership T-shirt.
To kick off the creative process, Fuss talked about the FWCD core values, but focused on this year’s main core value -- respect -- to ensure the students understood its meaning. DeChant then inspired the students to ponder the meaning so they could create original ideas to illustrate what that core value means to them.
This year’s class of fourth-graders outdid themselves! The following 14 students were finalists.
Witt Bumstead Caden Grace Laine Hasenzahl Caroline Hurley Vivienne Johns Eva Kim Griff Lee Vy Nguyen Laila Rafati Lucy Sell Beckett Shropshire Caroline Sparks Ava Spikes Will Tiblets John Todora
After the projects were completed, the Lower School Office Staff and Administration chose the most creative and unique designs that best exemplified the theme of respect. The students then voted on the winning design.
The winning design this year was created by Caroline Hurley with “Respect is a High Score!” Her design will be printed on T-shirts for the entire fourth-grade class to wear on designated days. “Wearing the shirt is a privilege for our fourth-grade leaders,” Fuss said. “Creating their design and remembering to wear their shirt when performing in leadership roles is their responsibility.
“We provide opportunities, and they rise to the occasion; it gives them a sense of pride,” Fuss continues. “The T-shirt sets them apart from the rest of the students, and it reminds them of their important role in setting the example for the entire Lower School!”
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.