Post office showcases winter wonderland

CHAMPLAIN - The windows of the Champlain Post Office have come alive this winter thanks to the help of some artists from the Northeastern Clinton Central School District.

A handful of students from Tina Ducharme's middle school and high school art classes were selected to paint a winter scene on the windows for the second year in a row. Ducharme said she was first approached about the idea by Postmaster Brenda L. Munnik. It was a project that gained excitement from the students and the community, she said.

"The students who participated last year had a lot of fun and were really excited about it," said Ducharme. "I was told that the post office received many compliments about the windows last year and wanted them done again this year."

In addition to her customers, Munnik said she was impressed with the figure skaters, penguins, polar bears and snowmen that were created for this year's mural.

"The kids just do an amazing job; they're very talented and creative," said Munnik. "It's very festive and beautiful and even cuts down on the glare we get from the sun coming in."

"The penguins are just adorable. They're my favorite," Munnik added.

This year's batch of students consisted of 10th-graders Jenelle Griffin and Felicia LaPan; sixth-graders Amanda Paige and Lauren Carey; and eighth-grader Hannah LaValley.

"These students were asked to help do this project because of their artistic ability and the responsibility they have demonstrated in school," said Ducharme. "When they were first approached, they were very excited and couldn't wait to go."

LaValley said she took pride in her work on the mural, which involved painting sections first outlined by Ducharme.

"It took most of the day, but I enjoyed it," said Hannah, who added it was the first time she participated in a project like this. "I really like it. A lot of people have commented to me on it, especially my family."

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