Members of the Art Honor Society at W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury have created coloring books for pediatric patients at the Nassau University Medical Center.
“Our president, Aleksandra Dauz, was part of the Art Honor Society when we created coloring books two years ago,” says Jane Pawlowski, a project leader and member of the Clarke High art department about what inspired the concept. “She remembered how much they were appreciated when we distributed them and really encouraged our group to do this project again.”
The school district says the students met after school to draw the black-and-white images, which have been collected and replicated to make 200 books. Images include representations of animals and landscapes. “The students had to come up with their own art,” says Pawlowski. “We also wanted to include pages that would appeal to young children and older ones, too.”
The students taking part earned their place academically, says Pawlowski of the members of the Clarke chapter of the Art Honor Society. “Students in this organization have to have had art in high school, maintain a 90 average in their art classes and an 85 overall average,” she says. Participating students also had to demonstrate a serious interest. “They also need to want to share their passion for art with our school and local community . . . The coloring book is a perfect example of this type of sharing,” she says. “All members were asked to submit at least two pages. The members decided which pages would be included and the order of the pages.”
The books also come with a box of fresh crayons, which are being donated through a drive taking place throughout February, also organized by Art Honor Society members. Once everything is in place, society students will distribute the books and crayons to both pediatric patients and young members of the patients’ families. “It is wonderful working with these dedicated students who really want to share their love of art to make the children’s hospital stay a bit brighter,” says Pawlowski.
Pawlowski says anyone looking to donate crayons can send them to the school, addressed to her at W. Tresper Clarke High School, 740 Edgewood Dr., Westbury. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.