You'll find one of my favorite bright spots every day in the bottom right corner of the Bradenton Herald's front page:
Our youngest readers' weather art. For several years, we've gathered some fabulous art from Manatee County's elementary school students for this feature. It adds a touch of young talent, imagination and sometimes humor to our 1A report -- and the kids love to find that we've chosen their art.
It's such a popular feature that we get far more than 365 drawings every year. So, starting this week, we're creating online galleries so you can view all of the entries. Herald news designer Jon Sachtjen has taken on this project, and he launched the first gallery today -- everything we just received from Blackburn Elementary School.
Weather art gallery on Bradenton.com
Make that 76 inspired pieces of art -- so many that Jon hasn't tagged them with the students' names yet. But we love the concept and hope it inspires you.
If a local youngster you know hasn't had this chance in their classroom, perhaps their teacher would be interested in the project. Or you can contact us directly -- one very proud grandpa recently hand-delivered his grandson's masterpiece! And yes, it made Page 1A that week.
They never run out of ideas with Florida's crazy weather, either. These are two of my favorites from Blackburn fifth-graders: Jacob Soob, above, at the beach; and Manny Reyes, left, in the eye of our recent tornado warning.