Students celebrate world of Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’

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McLenegan students Jonathon Romero, Victor Dominguez, Samantha Wilson, Shelvin Garrett, Danny Brown, Ivette Pita and Jase Champion stand by a can sculpture of a mountain with Lindsay Passwaters, of the Gifted and Talented Program. The "can-struction project" was done for the Middle Earth Monday club, a group of advanced readers. The students read "The Hobbit," then made a video for Hormel asking for cans, used the cans to make a sculpture and will donate the chili cans to a local food pantry.

McLenegan’s Middle Earth Monday Club members have exercised their reading and communication abilities while benefiting a good cause.

After reading The Hobbit, the advanced reading class decided to do a video appealing to Hormel for cans of chili to donate to a local food pantry, according to Lindsay Passwaters, with the district’s gifted and talented program.

The fourth and fifth graders eagerly read the Hobbit, at least an eighth grade reading material, and decided to embark on a “can-struction” program. Canstruction is the art of covering cans in colored paper to make sculptures. The students decided they wanted to construct “lonely mountain.” However, they needed the cans to do it so they tried their hand at doing a YouTube video to send to Hormel. The movie, designed like a movie trailer included acting, shots of the school and more.

Hormel then donated the cans to students for their “lonely mountain.” The top cans were wrapped in white paper to replicate the snow covered mountains with the bottom cans wrapped in black. At the foot of the mountain they placed a dragon guarding his gold treasure and strategically placed little plastic hobbits.

The students who are big Tolkien fans explained that Hobbits are short people who live in Middle Earth who tend to be peaceful with hairy toes.

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