Portraits of Sandy Hook victims drawn locally

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Advanced art students at Fort Osage High School are using their talents in a way they hope helps the families of the  Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Victims cope. The students are drawing and painting portraits of the victims.

Junior student Allie Culver says she was inspired by a poem from one of the victim's mother.

"His mom's poem said, you now have the wings to go fly, so go soar," said Culver. "So I gave him wings in my painting."

The idea came from their art teacher, Donna Terrell.  Now the entire pre-ap studio art class is participating.

"I thought it was perfect because this is one of our talents so we could use our talents to help them," said Culver.

Senior Nicole Huber is painting five of the 27 portraits. She says this experience has touched her.

"All of my portraits, I looked and researched things they like, because I thought it would be kind of nice to incorporate things they liked," said Huber.

Huber says she and classmates want the victim’s families to know that they care.

"It’s affected me greatly, by doing this I’ve come to love the little kid. I don't even know them but it has been a tremendous thing to sit there and learn about them and do that," said Huber.

Terrell says her students were perfect for this type of tribute.

"They’re a very talented bunch, that's one reason I thought this would be a great  opportunity for them to shine," said Terrell.

When the portraits are finished, they will be sent to the families.

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