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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Junior kindergarten students saw their superhero alter egos come to life with the help of USM parent and artist Christopher Barksdale.

Children love superheroes, so it was especially exciting when junior kindergarten students in Mary Jo Kendall and Kate Dengel’s class had the chance to become superheroes themselves. They were visited by artist Christopher Barksdale, father of Aria Barksdale ’35, who met with each child to trace their body on cardboard and sketch their alter-ego likeness. In connection with their social-emotional learning, students chose their own super power in keeping with the themes of respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility, and courage. “The children had so much fun with this project and we are so grateful to Mr. Barksdale for the time he spent with us,” said Kendall. “They learned that they all have the power within themselves to change the world for the better.”

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A comic book artist traces a Preschool student to make a life-sized illustration.

Christopher Barksdale, artist and USM parent, outlined Mitchell Moore '35 for his superhero.

Preschool students pose for a photo with their superhero comics.

Aria Barksdale '35 (left) and Dax Strains '35 posed next to the superhero versions of themselves, which were hand-sketched by Aria's dad, Christopher.

A comic book artist draws a Preschool students face onto a piece of cardboard.