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updated: 12/18/2013 5:52 PM

Woodland students give portraits, smiles to Sunrise residents

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  • Video: Songs and portraits in Gurnee

  • Woodland Elementary West third-grader Gitane Napier reads a story she wrote to Sunrise Assisted Living resident Juliette McCann. Gitane presented McCann with the story and a hand-painted portrait.

       Woodland Elementary West third-grader Gitane Napier reads a story she wrote to Sunrise Assisted Living resident Juliette McCann. Gitane presented McCann with the story and a hand-painted portrait.
    photos by Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Sunrise Assisted Living resident Bob McCann looks at the portrait given to him by Woodland Elementary West student Sam Cusumano.

       Sunrise Assisted Living resident Bob McCann looks at the portrait given to him by Woodland Elementary West student Sam Cusumano.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 

Third-grade students from Woodland Elementary West made lasting memories and drew plenty of smiles from residents of Sunrise Assisted Living in Gurnee Wednesday morning.

After singing songs, the 52 students presented a story and a hand-painted portrait to each resident. The third-graders spent several weeks drawing and painting the watercolors from a photo provided by Woodland art teacher Marion Beram.

Beram said the purpose of the project is to make a keepsake for people in the community and to deliver the portraits, making the giving opportunity personal and real.

"They love the little kids," Sunrise activities and volunteer coordinator Mady Kaleel said of the residents. "It makes them smile. The kids make them feel young again."

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