LAS VEGAS - Gulten Dye Creative Playground owner Gulten Dye recently brought her world of jewelry to Whitney Elementary School.
"A lot of them are semi-precious stones, and then they get to work with shiny objects, which they all love," she said.
Several times a year, Dye takes her jewelry making business into Clark County schools as part of a partnership with the Arts Department.
At Whitney Elementary, Dye worked with underprivileged kids who enrolled in the school's Village of Hope after school program.
"Part of our program is to build their self-esteem, help them feel successful in school, help them feel successful in the world around them, and that's what this is doing," Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn said.
These so-called enrichment activities, which occur after the regular learning is over, present an outside world the students may never see. It broadens their horizons, and Dye is more than happy to teach her art.
"I like to inspire kids at schools now to make sure they are able to do something they want to be creative, and that there is a way to make a living with that," she said.
Kids have amazing minds, and their creativity comes through when they make a necklace, bracelet or set of earrings. Many of these pieces will become gifts. A few students are already planning to give them to their mothers on Mother's Day.
In addition to providing a lesson in jewelry, Dye finds time to open a dialogue with students.
"When you are making something, it gives you a chance to bond with them and say something, because they're listening to you at that point," she said.
Dye's jewelry making lessons represent What's Cool at School.
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