In May, students at Community Elementary got an assist from art students at Middle Tennessee State University to complete a fanciful wall mural depicting the story of Bedford County, according to art teacher Abbey Logan.
The colorful mural brings to mind perhaps the most famous primitive artist in American history, Grandma Moses.
Other artistic themes, such as the Salamander mascot, can be found on walls at Southside Elementary. School mascots figure into student art displays at other Bedford County schools.
Student artists also contribute their efforts to special projects, such as the cloth panels seventh graders at Community Middle decorated last year for a "quilt of valor" that was given to a grateful Marine seriously wounded in Afghanistan.
Dee McCullough, principal at Community Middle School, said his school got the idea of having a contest for the best student art cover for the school's yearbook from Harris Middle School, where similar student art competitions have been going on for years, according to Principal Bill Pietkiewicz.
Boys & Girls Club area director Roger Harrell is hoping to arrange a display of student art this winter for the community to see.