"This is a priceless moment. You have made an indelible mark in the world. Treasure this moment. No other time in the history of R-S Central has this happened," Katharine Crawford told art students during a special signing ceremony last week at R-S Central High School.
Crawford, art teacher at R-S Central, selected artwork from four of her students to be published in an upcoming book written by Col. Tom Graham entitled "Dust of my Bosom."
"The book is a non-profit endeavor. It's all poems and essays that he has written. Tom approached me and gave us the opportunity to illustrate it," Crawford said. "I chose six students and offered them the chance to submit work, ones I knew would be up for the challenge and had the talent. Four of them took the bait."
Alyssa Smith, Hope Craig, Amber Duncan and Stacy Lasay will have their illustrations in the book, which is scheduled to be printed in May.
"I'm really excited. I've never been in something like this before," Duncan said. "Drawing is a hobby for me. I do it in my free time. It's peaceful."
The signing ceremony was held on Wednesday, March 27. Parents and family members were invited to enjoy a reception before each student signed a copyright agreement stating that their original art could be used as illustrations. They also were able to see a completed PDF version of the book with their art inside.
"This is very exciting. This is the first time I have won anything," Smith said. "I'm just excited to see how it turns out in the book."
The girls were given $30 per drawing from Graham, who also contributed money to the school's art fund.
"I wanted to do this to give an educational opportunity to the art students at R-S Central," Graham said. "I wanted to show what they could do and they did it."
Each student will receive a signed copy of the book when it is printed.