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Five selected posters by Colton High School students will be on display at the Colton Fire station

Colton Middle School and Colton High School art teacher Craig Cervantes challenged his students to create an art project that really resonated with them, and the work they produced is both artistic and poignant.

The assignment was to create a poster to thank Colton volunteer firefighters and those who helped to save the local communities during the recent catastrophic forest fires that threatened our towns.

"Remember these people helped save Colton," Cervantes wrote.

Cervantes selected five of the posters for special recognition. Each of the students had a reason and thought behind their art.

ART BY HAILEE HORDICHOK - Hailee Hordichok's poster shows an intentionally faceless firefighter because she says, 'It represents all the firefighters and volunteers that helped.'They talked about their posters — what they wanted to express, how much the recent event affected their lives and what those who fought the fires meant to them.

CHS junior Hailee Hordichok said the following about her work:

"The idea I was mainly going for was that I kept the firefighter faceless because it represents all the firefighters and volunteers that helped," Hordichok said. "The fire on one side and the living nature on the other side represent that having those firefighters and volunteers there is what kept the fires from burning down the forest, our homes and properties. I'm very thankful for all the men and women, firefighters and volunteers, that risked so much to keep our town alive and beautiful."

ART BY MCKYLEE SPALINGER - Mckylee Spalinger's poster features the silhouettes of firefighters saving lives during the wildfires.ART BY SYDNEY EARLS - Sydney Earls's poster is of a firefighter in full turnout standing in front of the fire and smoke-filled sky.Mckylee Spalinger, CHS junior, designed a poster showing firefighters saving lives during the firestorm.

"I just wanted to thank the firefighters and those who helped save all the homes, buildings, people and the animals in the forest, too. They were all so courageous," Spalinger said.

The poster by CHS sophomore Sydney Earls features a firefighter in full turnouts standing in front of the fire and smoke-filled sky.

"I'd like this poster to represent the huge amount of bravery that everyone had during these times," Earls said. "We greatly appreciate everyone who helped save our communities. Thank you all so much!!"

Sophomore Roger Moore said of his poster: "I wanted to recognize all who volunteered to keep our community safe. Safe was their goal, and I wanted to include that important text in the image and to say thank you for their hard work that kept us safe."

ART BY ABIGAIL TRANELLIS-GORDON - Abigail Tranellis-Gordon's poster shows firefighter Frank Kaneaster, a member of Colton School District's maintenance staff.Abigail Tranellis-Gordon, a sophomore, was a little more personal with her poster. The firefighter featured in her artwork is Frank Kaneaster, a volunteer firefighter and a popular member of the Colton School District's maintenance staff. She said the poster is to thank all those who volunteered, and it reminds us that those who were on the front lines fighting to save the community were people we know and care about.

The posters will be taken to the Colton Fire Station.

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