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Proviso East Students Help Maywood Welcome Christmas

Proviso East art students have spent every evening in the month of November painting, drawing, and preparing to turn the windows of Maywood’s Village Hall into the Chronicles of Narnia for the holiday season.

In collaboration with the Village of Maywood's Special Events Commission, Proviso East art students volunteered to work after school to create festive Christmas window displays for the entire community.

“I hope this gives everyone that warm Christmas spirit,” said Proviso East junior and Maywood resident Shermari Jones. “This project was a lot of fun. It not only helped us improve our art skills, but it was also a great cause for our community.”

Proviso East students Shermari  Jones, Maria Cruz, Octinel Chazez, Andy Brito, and  Caitlyn Sable used recycled materials and cardboard boxes donated by Family Dollar at 10th & Madison in order to re-create the Chronicles of Narnia. The students used pop-up books donated by the Village to re-create vivid images of characters from the popular childhood novels which have delighted readers for nearly 60 years. Proviso East art teacher Emily Tonon said the collaboration with the community and the creativity of the students made this project worthwhile.

“It’s been really nice to be more involved with the community,” said Proviso East art teacher Emily Tonon, who led the after-school project. “It’s a great way to show the kids’ skills. We have some really talented students.”

The window unveiling is set for Saturday, December 12th at 5:00 p.m. at 40 W Madison Street. The display will remain throughout the holiday season.

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