Fifth-grade students at St. Joseph's School in Pierre had some hands-on art time on Wednesday when about two dozen children painted snowflakes on two city snowplows.
The City of Pierre recently reached out to local schools for the project, and St. Joseph's jumped at the opportunity.
"This is our opportunity to interact with the community in a different way than what we normally do — an opportunity to interact with kids," city communications director Brooke Bohnenkamp said about Pierre's first time having students paint snowplows. "They do it in other communities, so we thought we'd give it a try."
Fifth-grade teacher Gay Pickner said there was no shortage of students excited to paint the snowplow's blades. As for the snowflakes, the students took some artistic inspiration from a how-to video on Art Hub for Kids' YouTube channel.
"The Rounds family donated money to St. Joe's for art," Pickner said. "And so, this is kind of the stepping stone for that — an art program."
Pickner said the school was glad to partner with the city for the art project, adding teachers and students were excited to see their snowflakes going down the street.
Bohnenkamp said the snowflakes would stay on the trucks as long as they could before the wet snow removed them through daily operations. But until then, the city's crews are looking forward to the colorful decorations sprucing up their motor pools.
"The guys get sick of looking at the same walls every day," city Operations Manager Jeff Runyan said. "This will brighten their day a little bit."
As the students mapped out where they planned to place their snowflakes with Runyan and Street Superintendent Nick Hericks in tow, fifth-grade teacher Steve Rounds took a minute to ensure the kids knew their art needed to stay on the plow blades, not the trucks.