At the end of 2012, my 1st graders lead an Art Service Project that later Girl Scouts and Brownies joined in on called Heart Houses. These little houses made from matte board were sold as pins, magnets, and ornaments for $5 each to help raise money for Super Storm Sandy Victims. Their total sales raised $1275. The first graders chose to give their money to a school called St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey (very near the shore) where the art program was devastated by the storm since it was located in the basement. Here are some photos from the aftermath provided by their art teacher Linda Devlin. We gave St. Rose a Blick Art Gift certificate for $500 and sent checks totally $775 to help restore their art program.
The idea to create Heart Houses was inspired by my online community of art teachers. This is where I also learned about the destruction of Linda Devlin's art room.
Learn about Heart Houses
Learn about Shells for NJ Shores
The first graders helped create a movie explaining this service project. I submitted it to NextVista.org to add to their collection
You can watch it below or here