REED CITY — Several years ago, due to budget cuts, GT Norman Elementary School opted to get rid of its art program as many other schools have done.

This school year, students received a welcome surprise when their schedules included a special weekly art program. Chelsea Turner joined the GT Norman staff and reopened the old art room.

Turner received an art and design degree with an art education emphasis from Grand Valley State University.

“I’m excited to be here," she said. "I really believe art is important.”