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Student sees chance to make difference with ‘Haiti Houses’
By PAMELA WILLIS
Arena, a Powell resident, organized an art project to make refrigerator magnets she called “Haiti Houses.”
Her teacher, Elizabeth Heisey, said Arena made “whimsical” designs of houses, using leftover matboard and other materials.
“She pulled together some recycled art supplies, sequins and glue, then Facebooked her friends and got 125 students interested,” Heisey said. “Sydney hosted two lunches where students created the houses. She got almost all the magnets sold through the office ladies here at school.”
“We were using art to bring together a community of caring,” she said. “Even a young person can make a difference. People are happy to work together, but it still takes one person who is just willing to take a little initiative to make that happen.”