School art sale goes straight to the heart

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Donagh Regional School students use Valentine's Day event to help children's hospital

Noah Willis, left, Frank Bambrick and Ashlyn Gamester, Grade 2 students at Donagh School, show some of their art work that was put up for sale at their school as a fundraiser for the IWK Children’s Hospital.

Students at Donagh Regional School opened their hearts in more ways than one on Valentine’s Day.

The school held its first Valentine’s art sale in the school gym Feb. 14. The original idea came from a student at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School four years ago. Proceeds went to the IWK Children’s Hospital.

Communities on P.E.I. are generous, which leads to a fantastic turnout, said vice-principal Kristen Moore.

She said the students at Donagh were all excited to put their work on display.

“The kids get a lot of chances to share their academic stuff: their tests, their marks, that sort of thing. It’s not often that they get a chance to share their artwork. This is a unique opportunity for them.”

Moore said the students worked on their pieces as part of their classwork.

“They’ve pulled together some fantastic work.”

Moore previously helped with a similar event with the former Western School Board.

The students also lent a hand managing the event. Morgan Redmond and Emma Parr manned the door, taking donations.

“All proceeds go to the IWK,” said Redmond.

“It’s all by donation, so you can pay what you want. Except for the art up front. It’s a $5 minimum because it’s more professional.”

Organizations: Donagh Regional School, Day.The school, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School Western School Board.The

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  • Janet Gaudet
    February 21, 2013 - 14:07

    What a great idea. Great job everybody.