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Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Lily Aakre sketched a lion last week in Tracy Hein's second grade classroom. Marlene Johnson is an artist in resident at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, providing students with art education on a monthly basis.

HOTL's artist in residency program inspires young minds

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Thanks to funds raised through Heart of the Lakes Elementary School's com-munity carnival last year, this year's students have had an opportunity to dig a little deeper into the world of art.

The carnival-funded artist in residency program has been bringing retired Perham teacher Marlene Johnson to HOTL for one week a month, providing 70 minutes of art instruction in every class-room.

"It's a full, full, full 70 minutes," Johnson said in a phone interview.

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