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Why Go to the Art Room After School?

posted Feb 18, 2016, 12:35 PM by Lauralee Richardson

By: Nicky Zuino

Benevolent. In the dictionary it means characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings. But, the true meaning of the word is Ms. Neidig. Ms. Neidig is from Pittsburgh and has lived in five others states. She has a sister who is a high guidance counselor. Both of her parents were teachers in the 1960s, too. Her mother taught special education to students 18 through 21 years of age and, her father taught high school Spanish. Her great grandmother went to school for music and, her grandmother sister & brother were both principals in the 1960s. Ms. Neidig can speak Spanish, but not from her Dad. She actually learned the language when she was teaching in a former school district where most of the  kids spoke Spanish. Ms. Neidig is married and has a 3 year old daughter, Mia.

In Ms. Neidig’s art room, you can use anything you can imagine. It's a great place to unleash your creativity. One student, Teddy, told me, “My favorite part of staying after is having thirty minutes to just create anything.” The art room is also a great place for anyone to have the freedom of expression, creativity, and just a fun place to hang out. Also, if you have Ms. Neidig for a class you are more than welcome to stay after and work on class projects.

Every Tuesday at Culinary and the Arts, the students make exotic meals from around the world. So far, they have made pizza rolls up, crepes, and cornbread pudding. Basically, Culinary and the arts club is a combination of cooking and art. Ms. Neidig says she is lucky to have a partner, Mrs. Hilbert.  Senora Hilbert, who teaches Spanish, believes that Mrs. Neidig, is “a creative, wonderful, amazing, genius. Basically, she's my friend.

Anime Art Club is every Thursday. It’s a great place for anime or manga lovers. Anime lovers can draw or watch anime at this club. The same goes for Manga lovers. Ellie Dishong states, “It's a place for us anime weirdos to hang out.” Connor Ardido told The Quaker Times, “I get to meet other people with the same interests as me.”   

    Clearly, everyone at WAMS is so lucky to have Ms. Neidig. “The art room is the most lively, energetic, messy, chaotic classroom in the school yet the most fun, free, and safest place to be yourself. I like to think it is heartbeat of the school,” said Ms. Neidig.