5th grade students at Summit Environmental School on French Island created a giant sand sculpture Friday.
Summit student Pierce Nelson said, "It's really cool once it's getting towards the end. At the beginning, it was just a bunch of sand."
It's part of the school's two day, Camp Frog Pond event, where students learn hands-on about the environment. Students camped out Thursday night and finished the pond-themed sculpture Friday.
"It's really fun. You learn teamwork and other skills with other students," said Pierce.
A $500 grant from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation funded the project and brought in a local artist.
"Anybody can learn to draw better or sculpt better with practice, just like music," explains La Crosse artist Mike Martino, "You may not be the greatest, but you'll be better at that, and you'll have an appreciation for it. It will enhance your life, enrich it. For me, It's really important that kids learn to observe and appreciate the beauty in life."
About 60 students contributed to the sculpture. The display will remain on the playground until early next week.