UNION COUNTY — A local school turned scrap tires into art for a contest that could mean a $5,000 donation for the school’s art program.
Buffalo Elementary School art teacher Samantha Lane entered her school in the Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest, and the school was given four scrap tires and told to create a piece of art that answered the question, “How does the Upstate support international inclusion?”
For the project, Lane chose to use the imagery of Noah’s Ark.
“The Upstate of South Carolina is a uniquely diverse community,” Lane said. “Much like Noah’s Ark, its inhabitants come from all over, in many different shapes and sizes. Despite our differences, we are all made of the same stuff, as signified by the wire that makes up each animal.”
Lane said the ark needed a variety of animals to accomplish its goal, just as a wide variety of people are needed in a community.
“Without diversity, we cannot grow,” Lane said. “When we all come together for a common purpose, regardless of our different views and backgrounds, we can change the world.”
Lane put together the Noah’s Ark themed project with the help of her dad, Alan Lockman.
Lane said her students at BES are very creative when given the opportunity, and its her dream to inspire them in as many unique ways as possible. She said winning the contest and receiving the $5,000 donation would certainly help the school and the art program by replacing old and outdated materials.
“When you foster a child’s imagination, the possibilities are limitless,” Lane said.
The contest is decided by votes, and everyone can vote once per day, per device on inspiredtires.com. The website lists schools, and those who wish to vote may click on Buffalo Elementary and then click “vote.”
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.