Forest Dale students to Spread Sunshine Nov. 4 at Kroger

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Forest Dale students Jeremiah Williams and Garet McCoy paint bags for the Spread Sunshine project. (Submitted photo)

Students at Forest Dale Elementary in Carmel are hoping to bring a little sunshine to shoppers at Kroger. The Spread Sunshine project is led by art teacher Sarah Zadny.

Each of the school’s 670 students will paint a paper grocery bag with a sunshine on it. Some of them will be on hand between 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Kroger at 1217 S. Range Line Rd. to offer the bags to customers.

“The whole point is to spread sunshine to someone else’s day,” Zadny said.

Kroger Community Outreach Coordinator Briana Kemeny said Kroger is always seeking ways to assist the community.

“We really want our community to know we’re here for them in any aspect, whether it’s for groceries for a food drive or for fun community projects such as this one,” she said. “(Zadny) and I had been in contact last year about some other projects that we wanted to do with our art students, but the timing just didn’t work out. When she came to us with this opportunity we were ready to jump on board. We’re excited to spread sunshine to our customers and our community.”

This is the first year for the project, but Zadny and Kemeny hope it continues in the future.

“I’m hoping to do this yearly depending on the turnout and how well it’s received,” Zadny said. “It would be cool for it to spread out into the community. It would be really neat for other schools to adopt it, as well.”

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