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Student's art getting Union Station stage

COVINGTON - One Covington student will take a special trip this summer.

This week, 8-year-old Michael Webb, a second-grade student at South Salem Elementary School, and his family will travel to Washington, D.C., for a special reception in his honor - he was one of 50 students chosen across the United States to have his artwork of a clown's heart displayed at Union Station.

"I like to be able to draw and show off my work," Webb said, adding that he also has drawn pictures of a beach and an army battle.

His art teacher, Candis Christopher, entered him in the contest - USA Arts and CVS Caremark's art call "All Kids Can ... CREATE!" - after he drew and painted a picture in her art class.

"I stumbled across the call for art for Students with Disabilities," Christopher said.

She and Webb's mother are friends and she asked her if she could enter his art.

Later, the judges contacted Christopher to let her know that her student's art was selected from the 4,500 student entries across the United States to be the only representative for Georgia.

"He now feels confident to help the other students," Christopher said. "He's very enthusiastic and likes to listen to (the art directions) and then go and get it done."

Webb and his family will attend a reception at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington today and a ribbon-cutting at Union Station on Thursday. His artwork will be on display for the rest of the month at Union Station.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.