“I painted a penguin,” said first-grader Nathan Woitkowski. “It’s for my mom and I think she’ll like it ‘cause she really loves me a lot.”
First-grader Neeyah Garlington said she was amazed that the tiles were once on the roof of her school.
“I think it’s crazy,” she said. “They probably got a huge ladder.”
Neeyah decorated her slate with the image of a penguin and planned to give the piece to her mother for Christmas.
“She will adore it,” Neeyah said. “My mother always tells me about everything I paint that if it’s from me she loves it. I want to be an artist when I grow up.’’
Kindergarten student Joe Delle Chiaie painted a snowman on his slate tile because snowmen are his favorite things to make when it snows.
“I’m going to hang it on my front door,’’ Joe said.
He said he planned to recruit his older sister to help him wrap the slate as a gift, but, “She has to do her homework first.’’
Braedon said he’d never painted anything like it before and couldn’t wait for Christmas morning.
“It’s one of my first painting jobs in the school,” Braedon said.
Reilly said the children planned to wrap their slate tiles in bubble wrap and then add a bow.
“They’ll have a treasured memory forever,” she said.