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Traditional silhouette project
By Beth A. Birmingham | May 09, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham First-graders at Prescott Memorial School show off their Mother's Day gifts after completing them May 7. Students are, front from left, Adrianna Vernesoni, Emma Haney, and Anneliese Fuller-Matthews; middle, Seamus Donaghe, Michaela Lewis, Clara Frank, and Michael Cronkhite; and back, Chad Lazaro, Kopeshke, Brayden Ciasullo, and Colin Simmons.

Washington — Hazel Kopeshke's first-grade students completed their Mother's Day gifts May 7 at Prescott Memorial School.

This is the 28th year Kopeshke has done the same project with her class.

The project entails cutting out two silhouettes of each child's head — one on black paper, the other on white. The black silhouette is then glued to a sheet of white paper and given as a full silhouette.

On the white silhouette students write "Who am I?" stories to share. Facts included some of their favorite things to do, favorite foods, how old their siblings are, and what they like most about their mom.

"Some students have called this the first-grader's 'rite of passage,'" said Kopeshke, who will retire at the end of this school year after 29 years at Prescott.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Anneliese Fuller-Matthews explains who she is on a white silhouette of her head. The Mother's Day project is a tradition in Hazel Kopeshke's first-grade class at Prescott Memorial School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Seamus Donaghe shows how similar his silhouette looks to his actual head. It is just part of the traditional Mother's Day gift done in Hazel Kopeshke's first-grade class at Prescott Memorial School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Emma Haney looks like she has a twin, but it is just her silhouette. It is part of a Mother's Day gift the first-graders worked on in Hazel Kopeshke's class at Prescott Memorial School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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