MS Student Collecting Art Supplies for Children in Hospital

Posted on October 26, 2015, in Events, Lancer Life

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A hospital is not exactly the most exciting place for a young child. James W. Parker Middle School fifth grader Cara Delaney recently learned that firsthand.

Her four-year-old cousin had been admitted to a local hospital and struggled with boredom.

After seeing her cousin, Delaney was inspired to help entertain her by bringing her crayons and coloring books to help keep her busy. The generosity surprised her cousin and made her very happy. Now, Delaney hopes to help more children through Crayons with Care, a project where she will collect art supplies to donate to children in hospitals.

“Coloring is fun for most people so I thought it would be a good thing to have in the hospital,” said Delaney, who draws every day. “There are no rules, you can do whatever you want.”

She will be collecting art supplies throughout the week and will be setting up a booth for collection at the last home football game this Friday at Linden Field. Individuals can also donate online. Supplies include anything from color pencils, to crayons to markers and sharpeners to coloring books and drawing pens.

This project was inspired through Genius Hour, a project in Mr. Sturgess’ class where students are given sixty minutes once a week to work on a project of their choosing – anything that they want to study, learn, do, or create.

“Cara has decided that her passion is to help others and she found a perfect path in order to do that,” Sturgess said. “I think her project will be a good example to others to pursue something they are truly passionate about.”

The projects last a good part of the year, and students later present on what they studied, how they went about it, and what they accomplished.

“The idea is to allow students to pursue something they want to study, all the while having them journal/blog their experience, work on research skills, present orally in front of their peers,” said Sturgess. “I didn’t have any expectations for the students. The Genius Hour project ideas are all good and best of all, it’s what the students are interested in.

This is the second year of the project. However, this is the first year that the project has been expanded to allow more time for the students to develop their ideas.