Webster Parish students create coloring book for students with special needs

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SIBLEY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Students at Lakeside Junior/Senior High School in Sibley have created something unique to benefit students with special needs at their school.

Lesa Ward’s design class was tasked with creating a 12-page coloring book highlighting all the events that happen in the month of March, including St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness. The students designed illustrations for the coloring book using classroom computers, but some chose to draw their designs by hand.

The end result was hand-delivered to students with special needs in a classroom across from Ward’s.

“I always have kids with special needs on my mind because they’re dear to my heart since they’re just across the hall,” Ward said. “I thought, what can I do for them? I know they like to color, and I researched how we could do it. That’s how it happened.

Graphic design students learned a great lesson in the power of giving with this seemingly simple class assignment.

“It was just super special to have a teacher from our school involve her students in my class,” said Jessica Blackwell, special education teacher at Lakeside. “It’s nice to see other students supporting our class.”

Graphic arts students left with more than just a lesson in coloring book design. The Webster Parish School District says the students found the lesson very fulfilling to be able to design the coloring book and then deliver it to very happy students.

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