As part of their studies of communities, second-graders in Nancy Giacone’s class at St. Clement of Rome School in Metairie took a close look at the buildings around them.

Photographs of local buildings were placed in a basket, and the students randomly chose one to create on the foundation of a white paper bag.

Some chose a place they were not familiar with, such as a synagogue or city office building. Giacone said the project “opened up opportunities for communication about our community providing needs for people of all religions and the purpose of our local government.”

Family members helped the children create their model buildings. In class, they created streets, cars, street signs and canals complete with alligators and turtles. When completed, several class mothers assisted the children in creating a model community display at the entrance of the school.