If you take a stroll around downtown, you may notice some beautiful works of art decorating the windows and walls of six local businesses. These creative coloring pages were designed by Jennings County students in grades K-6 for the Mask Up Jennings Colorpalooza.

The Colorpalooza was part of the ongoing Mask Up Jennings initiative that seeks to spread awareness of how our community can work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. The local businesses that have generously featured the students’ works of art are By Design Boutique, Bohemian Cafe, Crimson Oak Restaurant, Driver’s Bighead Pizza, Park Theatre Civic Centre, and A Perfect Day Cafe.

A total of 483 Mask Up Jennings coloring sheets were turned in by students from Brush Creek Elementary, Graham Creek Elementary, Hayden Elementary, North Vernon Elementary, Sand Creek Elementary, Scipio Elementary, and St. Mary’s School. We encourage you to visit these local businesses to look at the works of art and support our local businesses downtown in a safe way. Please remember to Mask Up, Make Space, and Maintain Hygiene.

This was a community project and took many people to put in place. Jeff Walker, of Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program, Anna Walker, of JCEDC, and Todd Ebinger, JCSC, are a few who have worked together to put the Mask Up Jennings Colorpalooza in place for the community.

It also took local businesses to come together and offer incentives to the students for completing the Colorpalooza coloring sheets. The Park Theater donated a free movie ticket to every student who turned in a coloring sheet. Students who turned in a coloring sheet were also included in a drawing for 22 prizes donated by Martinrea, Fresh Printz, and the Park Theater. Check out the Lifestyle page in Section B in next week’s Plain Dealer & Sun to see winners of the prizes!

Overall the Mask Up Jennings Colorpalooza was a success.

The hundreds of coloring sheets really look great in the windows — take a walk downtown and admire the artwork! Another huge thank you to all of the local businesses and community members who have stepped up to put this together.

— By Staff Report