Spreading holiday cheer through art


More than 400 holiday postcards were created by art students in Port St. Joe and delivered to soldiers overseas and elderly in the community. Art students Sophia Harrison, Ilianna Maestri, Jessie Eberhart, Morgan Butts, and Alayna Godwin handed out postcards at The Bridge at Bay St. Joe nursing home.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:21 AM.

Students at Port St. Joe schools are sending out the holiday spirit.

Last week, art classes at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School focused on creating holiday greeting cards that will be sent to members of the U.S. Military serving abroad as well as spread cheer in the community.

More than 400 cards were created, each written and drawn by students in grades K-3 or 8-12.

“We took one week out of the year to do something for someone else,” said art teacher Julie Hodges, who has led holiday-themed projects the past eight years.

Of the 400 cards, 225 will be split between Samantha Nicodemus, sister of PSJ student Kyle Nicodemus, who is stationed in Japan and Terry Thompson, Jr., currently serving in Afghanistan.

Nicodemus and Thompson will then share the cards among their fellow troops.

“We’re doing something nice for people who can’t be home for the holidays,” said Hodges.

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