Student Artists to Help Illinois Tornado Victims 

Skinner North brings holiday joy to tornado-ravaged communities

December 23, 2013

During their annual winter concert, students from Skinner North Classical School sold their own handmade artwork to raise funds for those Illinois communities who were devastated by last month’s tornadoes.


Coordinated by art teacher Kayla Gale, the school-wide project produced over 300 “heart homes” – brightly-colored houses adorned with a heart and turned into magnets.


“As soon as the tornadoes hit, our students wanted to know how they could help,” said Gale. “So I started brainstorming for a way that our student artists could get involved. The houses they created are a symbol of security and renewal, as these communities will need to rebuild many homes.”


When Gale presented her idea to Skinner students, they literally cheered.


“Every class had such a wonderful, positive reaction to the project,” she said. “They wanted to do their part to help the families in need and were thrilled to be able to do it through their artwork.”


In addition to working on the houses in art class, Skinner North held an after-school event for parents and community members to lend a hand in the project. All proceeds from the sale of the houses will go to the Salvation Army, which is coordinating relief efforts for those Illinois communities affected by the recent string of tornadoes.


“Projects like this help our students understand that they are connected not only to their school and community, but to what is happening in their state, country, and in the world,” said Skinner assistant principal Katherine Magnuson. “Seeing that they can do something to help others empowers them and helps them take ownership of their lives.”

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