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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

JB Lyndhurst Teams Up with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Hot off the press is a coloring book created by the teachers and students of JB Lyndhurst. To celebrate Catholic Schools week this spring, the teachers and students of JB Lyndhurst participated in a service project that would make children across Northeast Ohio smile.

“We wanted to get our students involved in some way to show how they can give back to the community,” said Katie Coyne, BCBA and Intervention Specialist at Julie Billiart Schools’ Lyndhurst Campus.

JB Lyndhurst collaborated to create a 40-page coloring book for the children at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Coyne’s sister-in-law, Hannah Coyne, is a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse at the Cleveland-based hospital. Children in the PICU can become lonely and look forward to stimulating activities like coloring.

By working together, the students of Julie Billiart Schools could do something really special for other children.

Diane Hughes, Art Therapist at JB Lyndhurst, worked with the students on the special project. She set time aside in her art club and art classes for the coloring book. “Diane did a phenomenal job coming up with great pictures and activities to put into the book,” said Coyne.

JB students helped to draw outlines for the coloring book so the children at Rainbow could ultimately color them in. It was a hands-on, team approach throughout the entire project. Nearly every student from Kindergarten through eighth grade contributed something to the coloring book.

Additionally, older students explored some new digital skills for the service project. Together, they worked on color adjustments and outlines through an app with Mr. Mozzocco, Intervention Specialist at Julie Billiart Schools’ Lyndhurst Campus. They even used the app to digitize a photo of Dexter, the JB Lyndhurst therapy dog! Now children at Rainbow Babies can benefit from Dexter’s soothing presence, too.

The impact that the coloring book had on the students is sure to go a long way.

“It was really cool to see how the students were so proud of their work. The kids could really see that their work mattered,” said Coyne.

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