Sharpies, mat board and a glue stick. The art students at Los Cerros Middle School are hoping the cute little houses created with these supplies will add up to dollars for the Haitians to build new homes. The miniature houses were designed to be worn, with pins on the back, and are being sold for $5 each.
"They decided they wanted to do something," said art teacher Bunki Kramer.
The bright colors not only make the pins cute and colorful, they give the homes a Caribbean look, noted Kramer. Each house had a door and a window.
The 32 students in Monday's art class were hard at work creating their Haitian homes.
"This was the teacher's idea and it was a good idea from the start," said Reed Jochimsen as he applied red marker to little hearts to be added to each home.
He said he occasionally sees the Haiti earthquake devastation on the news.
"It's so sad," commented Chloe Barfod as she colored a little house.
"It's the best project because it is actually helping people," added Reed.
As the art class completes a batch of the laminated Haiti Houses, they bring them to the office to be sold.
Office manager Jodi McFarland wore her Haiti House to dinner Friday with a group of women friends.
"They all wanted one," McFarland said.
The pins are for sale in the Los Cerros office, 968 Blemer Road in Danville.
The Leadership class at Los Cerros also did some fundraising for the people in Haiti, which tallied up to $1,307.
"I was really shocked at how much damage there was, and definitely wanted to help," said Remi White, the eight-grader in Leadership who spearheaded the campaign.
Her father works for a distributing company that delivered masks to guard against swine flu and he was sending extras to Haiti, she explained, along with other supplies.
"He asked if I wanted to bring the fundraiser to school," said Remi.
For two weeks, Leadership collected money and supplies for American Red Cross Haiti relief.
Remi said she thinks money came from both parents and students because they collected some checks but lots of $1 bills, too.