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Desert Trails Dedicates Student Sculpture

Desert Trails Elementary School student Isabella Swanson with her design

It was a red letter day at Desert Trails Elementary School on May 10th, when a sculpture—designed by former Desert Trails student Isabella Swanson and created by Paradise Valley High School’s welding class—was unveiled.

This work of art is the first of its kind in PVSchools, and was created in collaboration on the Desert Trails 6th grade art students and welding students at Paradise Valley High School, under the direction of Maureen Peterson, art specialist at Desert Trails, and Tyson Kartler, welding teacher at Paradise Valley High.

The sculpture interprets the theme of “Arizona” and symbolized that Desert Trails Elementary School is a place where all things educational, cultural and artistic are valued and featured. This public art reflects the idea that learning extends beyond our school walls to the surrounding neighborhood community, as well as to our greater school district community, through collaboration between schools and across grade levels.

The public artwork titled Arizona Sky was funded by the Desert Trails Elementary School PTO. The sculpture measures 7 feet tall by 6 feet in diameter and graces the main entrance of Desert Trails Elementary School.