With her recent graduation from Shepaug Valley High School, 18-year-old Anna Carlson is headed for Minnesota to study music and voice at St. Olaf College.

The private liberal arts setting seems the perfect place for a creative person like Anna, who made a lasting impression with her SVHS senior project, a coloring book that has generated $280 thus far to benefit patients at New Milford Hospital's Regional Cancer Center.

Miss Carlson created "Orville, Coloring Book for a Cause" throughout her last year of high school, publishing a collection of drawings that depict an intricate web of dreams by the book's main character.

The book may be purchased for $5 at New Milford Hospital's Gift Shop on Elm Street and Play on Bank Street, both in New Milford, Crossroads Cafe and Hickory Stick Book Shop in Washington, and Nine Main and New Preston Kitchen Goods, both in New Preston.

"I love to doodle, and I wanted to explore art in a way that would be fun and that others would enjoy, both adults and children," Miss Carlson said.

"I had been drawing birthday cards for friends for years, so the ideas came pretty easily," she said.

Miss Carlson said her volunteer technical advisor, Kathy Giarrano, a graphic designer, and her husband, Vincent, a fine artist, guided her through the process to create and organize her work and complete the project.

The college student has designated her donation to Judy's Fund, established by the New Milford Hospital Foundation and the family of Judy Hornby, as a memorial to a woman who had careers as a model, fashion designer and antiques dealer.

"My mom and Judy were friends, they both faced breast cancer, and they both loved antiques," Miss Carlson said. "I thought this would be a good way to help the community."

Miss Carlson is the daughter of Kenneth Carlson and Deborah Blank of Washington Depot.