Creativity pays double dividends

The creativity and hard work of students at State Street School has paid off in a way that has reaped double the rewards.

Students used their artwork to preserve memories (in the form of their art) for their loved ones, by ordering their art to be made into products, said teacher Susan Barry.

Students worked hard on art projects this fall, with the intent of putting their colorful drawings and creations onto cups, water bottles and mouse pads, in a special fundraiser/sale that had was offered through school for the first time, Barry said. Orders for those specialty products came in last week and will make very personal gifts under many trees this season, said Barry.

Even better yet: The proceeds from the "Art to Remember" project reached $1,600 and were used to fund another art project that will decorate a hallway at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Barry, her students and the hospital worked together to come up with a special standing exhibit of artwork featuring third, fourth and fifth graders from State Street School. From the artwork students carefully created this fall, 30 works were selected to be framed and hung in the exhibit. Proceeds from the "Art to Remember" project, and Skaneateles Town Square Ace Hardware's generous donation of all the glass, allowed Barry to frame all of the artwork.

The selected artwork will stay in frames for an entire school year. Each year, Barry and others will select new artwork for the frames.

Barry got the idea when visiting a cousin in the hospital. As an art teacher, she couldn't help but notice the walls could use some brightening up. The people at Crouse agreed.

For the project, third graders did Fauvist style paintings, fourth graders did "Laurel Burch" style cats and dogs, and fifth graders focused on "Birds & Buds."

Barry said that 186 orders in the Art to Remember project (along with the donation of glass from Ace Hardware) meant that "we were able to completely fund this endeavor without having to ask the hospital for any funds."

"We are very happy with the company and will repeat this fundraiser each year in the fall," she said. "It is very win/win, with the students excited about their art/products and the hospital excited about their new exhibit!"

Editor's note: This story was taken from the Skaneateles School District's website.

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