Urbandale Students Draw ‘Heart Art’ For Police

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URBANDALE, Iowa -- Urbandale Middle School students have found a way to keep showing their love to police.

“It was a really fun project and we were just having fun, but then it started to get serious because we realized what it was really about,” said 6th grader Morgan Hendricks.

Art teacher Becky Baack asked students to put their feeling to paper after the tragic slayings of two police officers on November 2nd. Des Moines Sgt. Tony Beminio and Urbandale Officer Justin Martin were shot to death in ambush style attacks.

The 6th graders drew hundreds of hearts and their art work hung in the Urbandale Police Station for the past few weeks.

“It was very therapeutic,” said Baack.

“I think what we make, it can help people. It can help them get through parts of what's going in the world,” explained 6th grade student Adam Babcock.

The students aren’t done helping. All 248 hearts were made into a poster and the school began selling them last week.

“I wanted them to feel like they had valid emotions and things going on and they really could do something to help so when I look at all 248 of them together, it's really hard not to get emotional knowing that their hearts were totally struck that day,” said Baack.

You can pick up the ‘Heart Art’ at the Urbandale Middle School Office. The printing costs for the posters were donated and all proceeds will benefit the Urbandale Police Department.

“They're really going for a good cause,” said Hendricks.