Waverly students using art projects to aid veterans

By Ryne Turke on November 10, 2015 at 1:03pm

Students at Waverly High School are hoping their art projects will raise some money for local veterans.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Art teacher Nikki Goodall teamed with the Waverly American Legion Auxiliary to give students a perspective on the life of a veteran.

“We kind of thought about buying some canvases and having the kids be more educated about what a veteran is. We know that have at one time served our country. We have been learning what it is like to enlist, serve in war and non war times and what it is like to come back into civilian life. A lot of kids don’t understand what a big stress that is.”

Goodall says the students are currently working on post impressionism.

“That’s an art style where ceilings are emphasized and shapes are more exaggerated. Our kids are taking those themes and going back into emotional subject matters with colors and shapes and exaggeration.”

Goodall says the students are really enjoying this project, because “the power is being put in their hands to impact the life of another human.”

The paintings will up for sale after Veteran’s Day on the Waverly American Legion Auxiliary Facebook Page  and at community fish fry events throughout the year.

Proceeds from painting sales will benefit the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and the Spring Veterans Renaissance homeless shelter in Springfield.