Article Published in the Little Rock Family Magazine

5 02 2011

http://www.inarkansas.com/article/family/23385/episcopal-students-create-houses-for-haiti

Episcopal Students Create Houses for Haiti

Updated: February 1, 2011, 12:00am

Episcopal students were honored by The Clinton Foundation for their efforts to raise money for rebuilding in Haiti.

Last semester Joy Schultz, director of fine arts at Episcopal Collegiate School, was inspired to launch a project to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. She and her students have raised more than $23,000 for those affected.

It began with the creation of simple art projects. Using leftover scraps of art materials, she and her art students began creating unique Houses for Haiti pins, which sold for $5 each. The proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross to support rebuilding efforts.

The students sold the pins at the Argenta Art Walk and other venues, gaining the attention of the Clinton Foundation, which purchased a number of pins to sell in the Clinton Museum Store.

The Clinton Foundation then offered to provide art space and supplies to interested volunteers in order to continue the project, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Foundation’s Haiti relief fundraising effort. Shultz’ students have devoted hours to the ongoing creation of pins, magnets, Christmas tree ornaments and tree-toppers.

On Dec. 16, Schultz and the Episcopal Collegiate Upper School Art Club gathered at the Clinton Presidential Center for the annual Clinton Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Gala. It was an evening of congratulations for their efforts, during which senior Jodi Schmidt received the 2010 Bridge Builder Award. The students also received special recognition from and were able to shake hands with former President Bill Clinton.

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