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Students Donate Decorated Suitcases to Foster Children

Love-LuggageWhen art teacher Sarah Philip was tasked with combining art with community service, it didn’t take her long to find a fitting project for her students – Love Luggage, custom painted hard-shell suitcases for children in foster care. Project Love Luggage has been such a hit with her students, it has been a standard feature of her third grade art curriculum for the past four years.

Love-LuggageWhen art teacher Sarah Philip was tasked with combining art with community service, it didn’t take her long to find a fitting project for her students – Love Luggage, custom painted hard-shell suitcases for children in foster care. Project Love Luggage has been such a hit with her students, it has been a standard feature of her third grade art curriculum for the past four years.

When they learned that children in foster care often have to carry their belongings in trash bags, third grade art students at The Congressional Schools of Virginia in Falls Church enthusiastically worked to decorate pieces of luggage especially for children in the care of Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS). This year, Congressional students donated 10 hand-painted pieces of luggage to children in NVFS care.

The project involved not only creativity, but also teamwork with small groups of students working together on each piece of luggage. The students handed over their Love Luggage creations when they met with the staff of NVFS on Jan. 13.

 

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