By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
One young Brookings-Harbor High School graduate has found a creative way to raise money for college tuition.
Skylar Windham explained, "I'm going to Western Oregon University in September and I'm trying to save money for tuition I was thinking about ways to make money online."
Windham, who said he is "not that computer savvy," came up, however, with an idea for a poster and made what he calls, "a simple Web site: The Smile Poster."
He has created online a poster with 96 squares, each to hold the photo of a smiling baby face. "I plan on publishing The Smile Poster as an actual poster, so all the babies added will be a permanent part of the world of art," he explained.
Any parent who believes that his or her baby's smiling face will bring joy to viewers can, for $25, place baby's picture on the approximately 8-inch by 12-inch poster that Windham plans to publish.
"I like art, particularly black and white portraits, and what's cuter than a smiling baby?" Windham said.
"I think if people look at this poster when it's completed, they won't be able to help but smile themselves," he added.
Windham explained that he decided to go public because he doesn't personally know 96 babies. "It's a win-win situation. People get to show off their baby's cuteness, while I get to go to school."
Windham suddenly had a second thought, "I forgot to mention that, if a person has children who are now adults, they can still post one of their baby pictures on the poster."
Although he failed to mention it, Windham will no doubt be willing to accept photos and $25 from doting grandparents as well.
He pleaded, "Oh, and please do go to the Web site. It's up and running. The hard part wasn't building the Web site, it's getting people to see it."