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Liverpool students paint for a good cause

Wetzel Road Elementary art students make postcards for American Red Cross

For the fifth consecutive year, Wetzel Road Elementary art teacher Clint Niedzwiecki and his students embarked on a fundraising mission for a well-known charity with the use of their art skills.

Each year the students pick a charity or focus on an area of the country that was affected by natural a disaster.

They decided this year to support a charity nearby, donating all proceeds of their fundraising project to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Now that they had the charity in mind, the students and Niedzwiecki began putting their paint strokes to work as they created numerous hand-painted postcards, which will be sold in assorted packs of 10 for $5.

The project has raised thousands of dollars with each campaign, so Niedzwiecki said the students are hoping to raise about $2,500 to donate to the Red Cross.

"I think it's very nice to do a project like this because its important to give to people who need food, water and shelter," said Alexis, a fifth grader in Niedzwiecki's art class.

The hand-painted postcards feature the "Birds of Central New York."

Teaching at WRE for more than three years, Niedzwiecki, of Syracuse, said he has had the honor of teaching fourth through sixth grade students, as well as ninth grade students when he was a teacher at the Liverpool High School Ninth Grade Annex for an additional three years.

Niedzwiecki is also a coach for the modified track team for boys.

Niedzwiecki said the annual project came from a discussion about natural disasters several years ago.

"It all started during holiday break a few years back when the tsunami hit the countries of the Indian Ocean," Niedzwiecki said. "I talked to my kids about it and asked them ways we could 'give' back to the people of that area."

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