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HAVERHILL – JUNE 2009 – Fifth graders in the The Discovery Club, an after-school program at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School, joined local artist Elizabeth Persing, to create Merry Mac – Haverhill’s friendly river monster.

River Monster at Haverhill Public Schools – part of the 2009 Summer Shoe-la-bration

Merry Mac will be part of the Soles of Haverhill Shoe-la-bration, which will exhibit a number of decorated 6 foot shoes at different locations downtown this summer.

Liz Persing created the design for Merry Mac specifically for Discovery Club. For eight weeks, Ms. Persing will mentor the student artists and teach them techniques to turn her design into an enormous, colorful, whimsical work of art. Students have the rare opportunity to assist a professional artist in the process of creation and can explore their interest in pursuing a career in the arts.

After the summer long public art display Merry Mac, along with the other shoes, will be up for auction in October to earn money for local not-for-profits who contribute to Haverhill. Merry Mac, specifically, will help the Discovery Club and the Haverhill Foundation for Excellence in Education Foundation.

For more information on the Discovery Club and the difference it is making in Haverhill’s schools, please contact Program Director Tina Fuller at: (978) 469-8772.

For more information about the Soles of Haverhill Shoe-la-bration, please contact Leota Sarrette at: or visit: