Art teacher brings life into a health office in Piggott

Art teacher brings life into a health office in Piggott

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - Doctor's offices are not always fun places for kids. But a Region 8 community wanted to add some personal touches to help make it a happier place for children.

The Clay County Health Unit serves many kids in the area.

They renovated the building recently, including taking the wallpaper off the walls.

They weren't sure what they wanted to cover the walls, so Piggott High School art teacher Jerri Tate did a little bit of everything.

Tate described it as taking kids from day to night, to space, to the city and beyond.

It took Tate 3 days to complete.

She said she enjoys the way art is able to reach people of all ages.

"It can help people communicate, you know," Tate said. "I have kids that will come in and say I'm not artistic, but then I can help them to see they can do something. It may not be a Picasso, but they can do something and that gives them pride in themselves."

This is the second art project Tate has completed for the Clay County Health Unit.

The first project was of animals in the waiting room. Tate said she still hears children talk about how much they like the animals.

"It makes me so happy that I can brighten a kid's day who's coming to the health office to get shots, because that was one of the saddest things is when I'd hear the babies getting the shots," Tate said. "That was really hard. But, it just brightened their day when they came in. So, it was a good thing."

While it may be just a small touch, Tate enjoys the fact the walls can now put a smile on a child's face.

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