April 18, 2014
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Mikayla, a participant in the recent Art Fest at Winn-Dixie store No. 1426, shows off her creation.​

Winn-Dixie in New Orleans teamed up with CASA Jefferson, a non-profit advocate for foster children, and local artist Terrance Osborne to feature the artistic abilities of students at local Alice M. Harte Charter School.

Store No. 1426 in Algiers, La. hosted an Art Fest in conjunction with the CASA Jefferson Playhouse tour. CASA Playhouse, designed by Osborne, will benefit foster children in the Greater New Orleans area.

Alice Harte second through eighth grade students created projects themed, “What Home Means To Me,” their work embodying their definition of “home.”

The creative young artists came up with a diverse array, ranging from pictures of houses and food to scenery featuring festivals and swamps.

“I was so impressed with the talent of the young students,” said Mark Fleming, store director for store No 1426. “It was almost unbelievable that elementary school children created the pieces we displayed."

The students’ artwork was exhibited in store No 1426 and around the playhouse. The store hosted an open house for students, parents and teachers to show off the work.

Osborne, who started his career as an art teacher at Alice Harte, attended the Open House for a meet-and-greet with the young artists.

"It is my pleasure to partner with Winn-Dixie for this very important project that is near and dear to my heart," he said. “Together with Winn-Dixie, we are impacting the lives of future generations."

More than 100 students and parents visited the store for the open house. “We can’t wait for the next opportunity to collaborate with Alice Harte and Terrance Osborne,” said Fleming. “This is only the beginning for us.”

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