Statement as issued Thursday:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Elementary students from Oak Farm Montessori will end a year-long, reciprocal art project with students in Uganda by holding a fundraiser for HALO Foundation. The artwork will be featured at an art show held at Continuum Art Gallery on Sat., May 12, 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
For the second year, Oak Farm upper elementary students connected with students at two HALO homes in Kampala and Bucasa, Uganda. Throughout the 2011-12 school year, students exchanged letters and artwork to connect on a personal level. Oak Farm students painted half of a 24” circular canvas with the second half completed by Ugandan students. The 50 art pieces will be displayed and sold to raise funds for the HALO homes in Uganda.
Seven pieces will be framed and available through a silent auction. Additional pieces will be on display and offered as a thank you gift for donations to HALO Foundation. This year’s donations will be used to help fund a sustainable food source for HALO homes, including the purchase of chickens, ducks and feed. Additional funds will be used for basic needs, health screenings and vaccinations.
In 2011, the Uganda art show and fundraiser raised approximately $2,500 for the HALO homes in Uganda. Those funds were used to provide rainwater collection tanks, a filtration system, dental visits and bed sheets.
featuring artwork from Oak Farm and Uganda students
Saturday, May 12, 5-8 p.m.
Continuum Art Gallery, 125 W. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Admission is free and open to the public
About Oak Farm Montessori School
The Oak Farm Montessori School is more than a classroom. It represents an extended family and a community with a social and emotional environment where children are respected and empowered as individual human beings, and learn to be contributing members of society. Principles of the Montessori education are different from other educational programs. At Oak Farm school we focus on a curriculum rich with fellow student and teacher interaction, improving the students learning and critical thinking abilities. We avoid extrinsic rewards but reinforce the value in learning from and with peers. Oak Farm is a hands-on interactive program that creates a more optimal environment for beneficial experiences resulting in a higher form of education.
About HALO Foundation
The HALO Foundation is committed to enhancing the living conditions and providing art therapy for orphans worldwide. HALO provides American youth with opportunities to learn philanthropy and volunteerism by seeing the world through the eyes of the less fortunate. Orphans supported by HALO are provided food, water, shelter, clothing, education, and art therapy. HALO works with orphanages in Mexico, India, Uganda, Kenya, Nicaragua and residential homes in the United States. Children from these homes submit their artwork to be sold at events in the United States, and aid in raising funds for continued support.