Proviso East High School’s art students are working with the Village of Maywood to welcome the spirit of Christmas while promoting literacy and education.
The Village of Maywood collaborated with Proviso East High School to create its second annual winter holiday window display featuring seven books written and illustrated by children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. The exhibit—“A Snowy Day”—will be unveiled on Saturday, December 4th at 5 PM at the holiday display cases located adjacent to Maywood Village Hall (40 Madison Street in Maywood).
Proviso East students Shermari Jones, Caitlyn Sable, Adrienne Doss, Mikieon Hargrett, and Christopher Perez worked to create the magical display. Inspired and organized by Maywood Special Events Commission chair, Dawn William-Rone, “A Snowy Day” will feature original drawings and illustrations created by Proviso East High Schools’ students with the help of Fine Arts Department teacher Emily Tonon. Students say they look forward to sharing their works of art with families across the Maywood community.
“This is exciting and it’s wonderful,” said Proviso East senior Shermari Jones. “We can’t wait to show it to everyone. We’re proud that the entire community will have a chance to see our work.”
Proviso East junior Christopher Perez agreed.
“I think it’s really awesome that everyone can see our art,” he said. “Everyone can enjoy it, and get into the Christmas spirit. It was really fun to put together. Everything looks nice. All of us worked really hard on it.”
Students combined their artistic genius to re-create Keat’s books: Dreams, Clementina’s Cactus, Jennie’s Hat, The Trip, Snowy Day, Pet Show, and Peter’s Chair—hoping that their Christmas creation will also inspire local children to read.
Mayor Henderson Yarbrough called this second annual holiday windows project “an invitation from the Village of Maywood to all families to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season.” He added that the collaboration between the village and the local high school “illustrates our community spirit in utilizing and displaying the talents of young people.”
Last year, the village and Proviso East collaborated to create depictions of Chronicles of Narnia. Thus far, each year and each new creation brings more art and literature for students and the community to enjoy.