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Suitcases for foster children

Friday, May 9, 2008

Northview sophomore Tim Allen puts the finishing touch on Daisy Duck's eyes on his charity suitcase during Ceramics class. Corena Herniter Photo.
Two ceramic classes at Northview High School are completing a service project for local foster children.

NHS students are painting suitcases for charity.

Ceramics' teacher Peggy Taylor encourages students to get involved with a service project each semester.

"I hope to encourage students to do service projects. These suitcases will show a child that someone cares about them and it gives the children something they can take with them that is more than a plastic bag," Taylor said.

The teachers at NHS were very helpful by donating more than 15 suitcases to the class.

Students painted generic themes with bright, cheerful colors and included an encouraging card inside for each suitcase.

"It is nice to do stuff for others who otherwise don't have as much and we want to help them out," junior NHS student, Billy McCullough, 18, said.

The students got real-world experience by working in teams on this artistically challenging project.

The service project required the students to design both sides of the suitcase, select and sketch a theme and then they finally were ready to paint.

Students received credit for completing this project and learned a very valuable lesson: the value of giving.

Suitcase designs range from Nemo to van Gogh's Starry Night, each with their own special flair.

Senior, Jared Smith said, "We realize how bad the kids have it and they will greatly appreciate them."

Taylor does a similar project at Clay City High School with knitting caps for preemie babies at Riley Hospital.

"The guys have knitted more hats then the girls and are more competitive. It is so rewarding to hear one of the guys telling another student that they forgot to pearl," Taylor said.

The suitcases will be donated to Owen County Social Services Office and Welfare Office.

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