Ex­pres­sion takes flight

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS by pri­mary school stu­dents from the east­ern sub­urbs fea­ture large in a state-wide sto­ry­book com­pe­ti­tion.

Draw­ings by Shreya Huthe­sha, of Wat­tle Grove, Alex Ni­cholas, of Sawyers Val­ley and Saja Al-Tamimi, of Ave­ley, were among 20 art­works se­lected for a rhyming nar­ra­tive about chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

The stu­dents’ draw­ings were cho­sen from 4300 en­tries sub­mit­ted by 58 WA schools in the art chal­lenge pre­sented by dis­abil­ity ser­vices provider Ther­apy Fo­cus.

Each stu­dent se­lected a page to il­lus­trate in the book, Ben Tries to Fly, about char­ac­ters with dis­abil­i­ties.

Au­thor Ed­die Drury, who penned the story, works as a be­havioural ther­a­pist for the not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion in Bent­ley.

Com­pli­men­tary copies of the book, un­veiled in Na­tional Chil­dren’s Book Week, will be de­liv­ered to ev­ery pri­mary school in WA to en­cour­age greater un­der­stand­ing, in­clu­sion and ac­cep­tance of chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

The book is the 10th ti­tle in a se­ries and will be launched at Perth Town Hall on Thurs­day.

Year 5 stu­dent Shreya said the story gave her the in­spi­ra­tion to draw a pic­ture of Ben at­tempt­ing to fly.

“I would like to be­come an artist when I grow up be­cause you can ex­press your feel­ings in what you draw,” she said.

Judges for the 16th an­nual art com­pe­ti­tion whit­tled the en­tries to 100 fi­nal­ists be­fore se­lect­ing the win­ners.

The suc­cess­ful stu­dents will have their work fea­tured in the sto­ry­book and re­ceive a framed copy of their art­work plus a prize pack.

Wat­tle Grove Pri­mary stu­dent Shreya Huthe­sha with her win­ning art­work de­pict­ing Ben try­ing to fly.

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