Salem High School partners with the Memory Project to bring smiles to children in South America


PHOTO BY SHAWN NOWLIN
Salem High juniors, left to right, Emma Crowe, Danielle Davis and Claire Peterson.

Here is a fun fact about Salem High School’s IB Art Teacher Mike Gibson: he has been a Spartan employee for the last 26 years.

There isn’t just one thing that Mike enjoys about his job. He enjoys seeing students grow artistically, teaching the basics of art and witnessing students continue art opportunities outside of his classroom. Over the years, his students have gone on to graduate with an art degree from James Madison University, Virginia Tech, Savannah State and the Pratt Institute in New York City among other well-thought-of institutions.

“My responsibilities consist of being the Department Chair for the Visual Arts and Performing Arts,” Gibson said. “I also teach art foundations, advanced drawing and painting.” Something else that Mike takes great pride in is partnering with organizations that make a difference in the world.

The Memory Project is a youth non-profit that invites art teachers and students throughout America to help cultivate global kindness by…



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