Clear Creek Elementary art teacher David McGee has been working with his students to discover how art can be used to raise awareness about social issues. They are preparing their own representations of $100 bills in order to alert government officials to the dangers of lead poisoning.

Unseen lead contamination in both residential and working environments puts hundreds of thousands of children and adults at risk each year. The industrial use of lead has been limited since the 1970s, but residual lead dust, primarily from gasoline and paint, often remains in homes, yards, parks, and playing fields.

Additionally, experts warn that vinyl mini-blinds, hobby materials such as fishing weights or brass items, and old unsealed bathtubs can be additional sources of lead exposure.

Although adults can be affected by lead poisoning, the danger to children is the greatest. Prolonged exposure to lead can af- fect brain development and cause learning dis- abilities. Other consequences include lowered IQ, behavior and attention problems, hearing damage, nervous system and kidney damage. […]