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Willow Springs Students Share Art with Seniors

Sep 29, 2016 02:03PM ● By Kelly Cannon

Kids from Willow Springs Elementary submitted artwork to Draper Beehive Homes about why they love their grandparents. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]

Students from Willow Springs Elementary shared an assortment of drawings inspired by their own grandparents with the residents of the Draper Beehive Homes. The drawings were on display on Sept. 15 at the assisted living center and featured drawings of kids playing with their grandparents, going camping with their families or simple portraits of their grandparents. 

This was the first year Draper Beehive Homes has held the art contest, and they plan to make it an annual tradition. 

“We wanted to involve the elementaries and have them connect with their grandparents,” Connie Sperry, communications liaison for Draper Beehive Homes, said. 

Draper Beehive Homes contacted Willow Springs Elementary, asking the kids to draw something to the theme of “I Love Our Grandparents!”

The drawings were divided into two groups for judgment. The first group was kindergarten through second grade and the second was third through fifth grade. The drawings on display were the ones narrowed down from a group of 70 entries. 

“We let the community come in and vote. The winner of each category will receive $100 cash from our owner (Stan Ketcher),” Sperry said. “We wanted to let the Draper community know we’re here and connect with them and to show the kids love their grandparents.”

Both of the winning drawings will also be professionally framed and hung on a wall at Draper Beehive Home. 

“It’ll be fun for the winners because they will hang on the forever,” Sperry said. “And (the drawings) are just darling.”

Next year, the assisted living center will reach out to another elementary school to provide drawings. Sperry said it will most likely be Draper Elementary with Oak Hollow Elementary the next year. Draper Beehive Homes also plans on reaching out to the various charter schools. 

“We want kids reflecting on their relationships with their grandparents. A lot had written about their experiences,” Sperry said. “Maybe one day they will have a desire to work with seniors.”

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