Ivy Tech card features Fairview Elementary School student’s art
Drawing of snowman picked for cover of community college’s holiday card this year

By April Toler 331-4353 | atoler@heraldt.com
December 10, 2011

When faced with the challenge of creating a holiday card for Ivy Tech Community College, fourth-grader Justice Collins kept one thing in mind.

“She said not to make it Christmassy, so I just drew a snowman,” she said.

The 10-year-old’s vision worked.

Justice’s design was chosen out of more than 40 students in her fourth-grade class to be the design for Ivy Tech’s holiday card this year.

Friday morning, John Whikehart, Chancellor of Ivy Tech in Bloomington, presented Justice with a framed display of her card along with a handful of cards to send out to her friends and family.

The entire class also received Ivy Arts for Kids T-shirts.

Although Justice was a little taken aback by all the attention, her fellow students and teachers were full of excitement as they gathered around the plaque to admire Justice’s work.

“She’s so hard working. She is such a good girl,” said Justice’s teacher, Whitney York. “I’m very proud of her. She’s been working very hard this year.”

The card, which features a snowman adorned with a carrot nose, coal eyes and top hat and surrounded plenty of big, blue snowflakes, will be sent out to more than 1,500 people.

Justice’s design covers the front and back of the card. On the inside, underneath the college’s holiday greeting, it says, “Card illustrated by Justice Collins, fourth-grade student at Fairview Elementary School, a Leonard Bernstein Artful Learning School,” to let everyone know the artist behind the work.

Each year, Ivy Tech chooses a local school to take part in designing a card, Whikehart said.

“Last night, a couple of people were thanking me for the holiday card and said ‘It’s really unique,’” Whikehart said. “So people reacted very favorably to it.”


1) Fairview Elementary School fourth-grader Justice Collins, center, and her teacher, Whitney York, right, look at a display of the holiday card she designed for Ivy Tech Community College this year as other students look on. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

2) This is the holiday card Ivy Tech Community College sent out this year. It features a drawing by Fairview Elementary School fourth-grader Justice Collins. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

3) Fairview Elementary School fourth-grader Justice Collins gets a hug from classmate Ashlyn Mounce after being presented with a framed copy of the Ivy Tech holiday card she designed. Watching is Destiny Weedman.

David Snodgress | Herald-Times
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About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.