Mary Kate Murphy, the illustrator for Sara Dippity

Mary Kate Murphy is a 5th grader at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School. While her older brothers’ artistic traits tend to be musical, Mary Kate has always shown promise as an artist. From an early age, I would frequently find pictures on the back of anything she could get her hands on, receipts, spelling tests, and even a few places I wish she would have avoided (the wall in her closet and a few of my students’ assignments).

I want to take a moment to thank Laura Valentine for working with MK through the years. Laura, you made the artistic process fun and educational at the same time. Every child should have a safe and memorable place away from home to develop independence and make friends who share similar interests. Laura’s Heart Studio is one of those special places.


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