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Danville elementary students ‘wrap’ the town in love 

By Lindsay Doty
Wearing tiny art aprons, young artists at North Elementary in Danville have been busy with the brush and rollers, creating painted wrapping paper, stickers and bookmarks for a community project.

“We’re making hearts on pieces of wrapping paper,” explains 8-year-old Landon Hadley, a second grader.

The red and pink homemade designs by kindergarten, first and second-grade students under art teacher Katie Pourcho are for the school’s upcoming Wrap Our Town in Love event on Jan. 25 at North Elementary.

The entire Danville community is invited to check out the student artwork and take part in banner making, a community mural, wrapping paper painting and a make and take craft.

After the event, the student’s homemade wrapping paper will be distributed to businesses, community buildings, schools, and churches. Everything from windows and doors to desks and counters will be encouraged to be “wrapped” with love. The paper will be displayed throughout February as a symbol of town unity and appreciation for one another.

“It’s helping people feel better if they’re like upset or something. Maybe they won’t know we made it, but if they see hearts around the town then that would make them feel better,” Camrie Writesman, a second-grader, said.

The project, spearheaded by Pourcho, has taught the young artists about what it means to be part of a community.

“A community works together with families and friends– aunts, uncles, and cousins, too–they help each other and give each other ideas,” Jaxon Brewer, a second grader, said.

Guests of the Wrap our Town in Love event are asked to enter North Elementary through door one. The event will be held in the cafeteria from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. North Elementary School is located at 398 Urban St. in Danville.

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