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Grant flies in coconuts to help students study Mardi Gras

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Washougal: Through a Washougal Schools Foundation mini grant, advanced arts students, such as Haleigh Metz, left, and Tianna Godin, made Zulu Coconuts by painting coconut shells that came in from Florida.
Washougal: Through a Washougal Schools Foundation mini grant, advanced arts students, such as Haleigh Metz, left, and Tianna Godin, made Zulu Coconuts by painting coconut shells that came in from Florida. Photo Gallery

Washougal — Using a Washougal Schools Foundation mini grant, a group of Washougal High School students received a shipment of coconut shells from Florida and painted them in honor of Mardi Gras recently.

Students in Evan Rumble’s advanced art class researched, designed and created a Zulu Coconut of their own, using the project to study “the contentious history, cultural traditions and socioeconomic implications” of what Rumble describes as “the commonly misunderstood and misrepresented Mardi Gras festival of New Orleans,” according to a release from the district.

“I wanted this project to benefit students by developing an authentic perspective on the Mardi Gras celebration,” Rumble said in the release. “They created an object that in all likelihood is different from anything they have ever associated with the holiday.”

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