The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 9, 2013

Creativity Peeps out in sweet art display

Kelly Urban

JOHNSTOWN — Peeps are on parade at St. Benedict Catholic School.

The project featuring the sweet treats was created to encourage pupils and their families to continue the celebration of the Easter season for its full 50 days, until Pentecost. It also was inspired by the 60th anniversary of the marshmallow Peeps, which is being celebrated this year.

Marian Cyburt, an art teacher at the Geistown school, said the project was incorporated into  the art curriculum in Grades four through eight. Each pupil was given a sugar-coated, colorful Peep prior to the Easter break with directions to decorate and name their creation.

“After the break, students brought their Peep back in and each homeroom voted on their favorite Peep creation,” she said.

All Peeps are on display in the school’s lobby, and the favorite Peeps from each homeroom are part of a special display.

Some of the creations include Peeps depicting Jesus, the pope, Harry Potter and Albert Einstein. There also are Peeps hunting, playing hockey and spending a day at the beach.

“Over the next couple of days, everyone in the school will get to vote for their favorite in the top 10,” Cyburt said.

Pupils with Peeps in the top 10 will receive a small prize and the overall winner will receive a gift card.

Teachers and staff also got into the action, and their submissions pupils are being asked to match each Peep with the name of its creator.

“It’s been a fun activity, and we have hordes and hordes of kids in the mornings checking out the Peeps,” Cyburt said. “They all did a fabulous job, and we have a huge variety, so the students were thinking outside the box with this.”

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