BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Rainforest Project is an interdisciplinary project created and put into motion by Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Honors Dance Department Coordinator Sheila Buttermore.  Through the use of student and faculty choreography, the Gifted and Talented Honors Dance Program are creating a rainforest themed performance. The multimedia set, lobby installation and lobby of facts about the rainforest are created by other SCVTHS Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs.  Each week, we will visit a CTE program involved in the project, feature general career information about that program, and explore how they have contributed to the project. 

This week, we will focus on the Graphic Communications program’s involvement in the Rainforest Project. Students in Graphic Communications have already been hard at work creating t-shirts, banners, graphics and even 3-D displays for the event.

As a fundraiser relating to the rainforest project, Graphic Communications students have designed and produced rainforest themed t-shirts to be sold at the event.  Additionally, Graphic Communication students are now in the process of creating different pieces of art based upon endangered or extinct trees, animals and plants located in the rainforests of the world.  Examples of the art pieces to be created and displayed during performances and throughout the school’s buildings are banners, screen and silk printed items, as well as 3-D displays.  Students will be using their recent classroom lessons in balance and radial balance to help design and create these pieces for the project.

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Students graduating from the Graphic Communications program typically pursue further education at four-year colleges to obtain degrees relating to the graphic design field.  Once graduated, career opportunities for students vary from freelance jobs to becoming production managers.  Alternatively, some graduates of the Graphic Comminutions program have found entrepreneurial success in creating their own startup businesses as sign/banner makers, screen printers, and even greeting card makers.  Graphic Communication instructor Linda Weber-Smith said for students who acquire the appropriate skills, the career opportunities are endless.

The Rainforest Project will culminate with a series of performances by the Gifted and Talented Dance Program available to both the public and all of Somerset County’s middle and high elementary schools.  On April 24 and April 25, special performances with dinner options will be held. 

Dinner and performance packages will cost $20 per person with dinner scheduled for 6 p.m. and the performance at 7:30 p..  Performance only tickets will also available for $12.  Seating is limited for the dinner and reservations are required.  Please contact Mary Lynne McAnally at mmcanally@scvts.net or 908-526-8900, ext. 7125 to purchase the dinner theater package tickets.

Performances for Somerset County middle and high elementary schools will be held on April 27, April 28 and April 29 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  These performances will be held free of charge, however seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please contact Sheila Buttermore at sbuttermore@scvts.net or 908-526-8900, ext. 7277 to schedule your visit.

For more information on this story, please contact James Strickhart at 908-526-8900, ext. 7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.