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District #146 Student Artists Donate Artwork to Comfort Pediatric Patients at Silver Cross Hospital

New Lenox, IL (February 5, 2014)— To comfort sick children, teachers from School District #146 donated several pieces of artwork to Silver Cross Hospital. They were drawn, painted, or computer generated by first through eighth grade student artists from Tinley Park’s Central Middle School and Fulton Elementary School. The theme of the collection included animals and landscapes using various techniques from water color painting to pastel or colored pencil illustration, to computer art. A collection of 20 framed pieces were donated to the Foundation Office at Silver Cross on January 15. 

As members of the District 146 Gives committee, instructors from Central Middle School Cindy DePinto-Dawud, Art Teacher, and Margo Conway, Language Arts Teacher, delivered the artwork donation as part of this month’s community service project to give comfort and inspire other area children who are suffering from an illness. 

Photo Caption: On January 15, instructors from Central Middle School in Tinley Park Cindy DePinto-Dawud, Art Teacher, and Margo Conway, Language Arts Teacher, presented Larry Johnson, Vice President of the Foundation at Silver Cross Hospital, with 20 framed pieces of artwork created by students from District #146 for the hospital’s pediatric patients. Not pictured is Art Teacher Dan McLaughlin from Fulton Elementary School in Tinley Park who assisted in organizing this project.

Fulton Elementary School’s Art Teacher, Dan McLaughlin worked with Cindy DePinto-Dawud to gather artwork from students eager to donate to such a wonderful cause. 

“We are so grateful to these talented young artists for sharing their beautiful pieces of art that will bring joy to our youngest patients as they are cared for in our pediatric, women and infant services and rehabilitation units,” said Larry Johnson, Vice President of the Foundation at Silver Cross Hospital. “The donation of artwork will make a difficult stay at the hospital a little more cheerful.” 

“We hope our students’ artwork will bring comfort to area sick children and also inspire them to get better so they can return to their normal daily routines,” said Cindy DePinto-Dawud, Art Teacher from Central Middle School. 

To assist Silver Cross Hospital in its initiative to continue to bring state-of-the-art lifesaving services close to home, call the Silver Cross Foundation at (815) 300-7105. 

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 8 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325). 


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