Painting for Children - Clean up Chernobyl

Our future is in great hands with these 5th grade students at H.C. Storm Elementary, Alexandra Cardosa,Dalia Escalante, Morgan Orozco, Genesis Diaz, Grisell Xochitecatl, and Melanie Hernandez. Their plan is to clean up Chernobyl. YES you read that correctly. These children have researched and found out about the catastrophic nuclear accident all on their own initiative. When they wished to do something good for the people, animals, and land they sought out a willing guide- the wonderful Julie Alholm. How will they clean the soil? Through sponsoring a project that utilizes phytoremediation, their chosen project uses sunflowers to be planted becoming hyper-accumulators of toxic materials.

       The Students have asked me to paint a painting for a raffle to raise money. They told me they wanted 7 Sunflowers in the front to represent each one of them and their mentor Ms. Alhom, behind these flowers they wanted millions of sunflowers to represent all the people that will join in to clean up and make the world a better place. Lastly they wanted an image of the Pripyat Amusement Park (they chose the ferris wheel) that was  to be opened for the first time on May 1, 1986, but on April 26, when the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away it doomed the Park to never open.  The Ferris wheel to them is a symbol of hope and fun for all children. 

                     To me their interest and willingness to help is a beautiful positive force in the world and a reminder that children are our future. I support them and thank them for caring. 

School article with Photos


17 August 2012
H.C. Storm
Van Nortwick
Batavia, IL 60510
United States