Presbyterian School Created ‘Panther Express’ For Art Car Parade
Presbyterian School was proud to be a part of the 23rd Annual Houston Art Car Parade on May 8.
Under the leadership of Presbyterian School parent, Stacie Williamson and Presbyterian School Art teachers, Laura Fletcher and Jackie Chaltain, students transformed a 1990 Volvo station wagon into “Panther Express,” a moving multimedia work of art which sports a large 3 dimensional birthday cake symbolizing the school’s 20th anniversary, a large glass mosaic sculpture featuring the school logo, over 100 removable word magnets and other painted designs.
Panther Express was a collaborative school community art class project, which involved the entire Middle School and many parent volunteers. Presbyterian School parents, Dr. David Olgaard and Dr. Lisa Dell’Angelo donated the Volvo to the school for this special project. Fifth and sixth grade students made removable magnetized power words which represented characteristics of Presbyterian School. Seventh and eighth grade students created the large paper mache birthday cake which was placed on top of the car.
Seats to ride in the Panther Express on the day of the Houston Art Car Parade were sold in a Live Auction during the school’s 20th Anniversary Platinum Gala, chaired by Catherine Hanslik. The six lucky students who rode in the Panther Express included, William, Emma and Matthew Kallmeyer, Gray and Tanner Watson and Natalie Luther. During the Art Car Parade, Panther Express, was driven by Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, and accompanied by the school panther mascot, (a.ka. Presbyterian School parent, Robert O’Neal) on skates.