Loves Park (WREX) — Fifth grade students at Loves Park Elementary who took part in the Illinois 68th District Art Showcase got a special surprise on Friday.
21 students created art pieces for Earth Day. The creations were on display in State Representative Dave Vella's office in Loves Park.
On Friday, Vella visited students at Loves Park Elementary and named the two winning artists.
"We have overlooked the Earth for too long, and now we're paying the price for it," says Vella. "These kids are going to be taking over my job some day, and they need to start thinking about the Earth now and what they need to do now."
Loves Park Elementary was also chosen to start a month long district art showcase that will highlight artwork from schools across the area.