SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) - Shannon fifth grader Shelby Potts was surprised Tuesday morning at her school by representatives of North Mississippi Medical Center's Hospice program.
Shelby's butterfly drawing was chosen as the best among students throughout Lee County.
Potts said, "I get to express my feelings when I draw."
For this drawing, it was her late grandmother who inspired Shelby.
She just happened to be in hospice.
The art work will be displayed on North Mississippi Medical Center's Hospice t-shirt.
Potts said, "My grandmother had cancer. She liked butterflies. I kind of drew this for her."
The drawing will be featured on a t-shirt on sale to benefit hospice-sponsored programs like the annual memorial service and butterfly release in Tupelo.
Shannon Art Teacher Chriscell Ruth said, "I wanted my students to imagine themselves at the hospice center and what they would like a person to give them to make them feel better."
Sales of the t-shirts also go to the Hospice Patient Assistance Fund through North Mississippi Medical Center.
Jamie Grissom with NMMC Hospice said, "It helps our patients who are unable to afford a lot of things we need on a daily basis when we're taking care of people at home. We use things such as wipes, sheets and pajamas. We are taking care of terminally ill patients. A lot of times they don't have funeral plans."
For Shelby, she says the drawing is a chance to help others while remembering her grandmother in a special way.