Robert E. Lee students using art to bring holiday cheer to East Dallas senior residents

A picture from Robert E. Lee fourth-grader Aram Gebrelul. Image courtesy of C. C. Young.

What do the holidays mean to you? Maybe it’s family; it might be giving gifts; it could possibly be all the wonderful food.

For the students at Robert E. Lee Elementary the holidays have many different meanings. And while each child’s perspective is different, the holidays also meant sharing their thoughts with East Dallas senior residents. They did this through art.

The Robert E. Lee students, along with children from other Dallas schools, were asked to draw what the holidays mean to them to later have their artwork put up at the C. C. Young senior living center. The project, titled “What the Holidays Mean to Me,” included 20 pieces of art chosen by one of the school’s teachers to hang at the center.

This included everything—people around a dinner table, cozy fireplaces and of course Santa, like in the picture above. When it comes down to it though, all the pictures were cheery reminders that sharing, even if it’s just a drawing, can make the holidays even better.

Students whose artwork was chosen received certificates and a reception to highlight their drawings.

The residents and visitors will get to enjoy the students’ holiday art until Dec. 30.


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