OSWEGO, NY – A group of Fitzhugh Park Elementary School students simply wanted to use arts and crafts to help.
Sixth graders Alyssa Searor and Maddy Graham wanted to do something for a good cause and both enjoyed crafting.
Alyssa said, “I was making lots of loom bracelets and Mrs. Haessig thought it might be a way of helping others.”
Meanwhile, Maddy noted, “We thought it would be nice to have a fundraiser for Oswego Oncology and the Galisano Children’s Hospital and we are doing that through making crafts.”
Thus far, more than $600 has been donated and Searor said, “We would like to raise $1,000 to donate.”
The students will be at this week’s Oswego Farmers’ Market (Thursday between 4:30-7:30 p.m.) and will have banners indicating their efforts.
“Crafting for a Cure” is the name the students have chosen as Nichole Anthony, Audrey Atkins, Jakob Ball, Jordan Engler, Gracie Hoffman, Hannah Holland, Mckenna Lasalle, Natalia Trapasso, Kaylyne Westberry, Valerie Whitford, Karsyn Mahaney, Riley Randall, Courtney Wood and Zach Gonzales have been assisted by teacher Christine Haessig, Syracuse University Education major Michaela Kearns and Rachel Little in the effort.
Haessig said, “The students have written the publicity and have constructed their own creations, many which have inspirational messages researched by the students.”
The promotional piece Jakob Ball wrote, “We craft for research of the cure for Cancer. Our crafters work at home and at school everyday of the week day-in day-out of pure heart making nothing, but giving everything.”
At the farmers’ market the various items will be available with students asking for donations for the worthwhile cause.
All of the arts and crafts have been made on the students’ free time.
Haessig said, “Students stay after school every Friday and they have been working after school this week with many not leaving until after 5 p.m.”
Students indicated that sometimes they simply ran out of ideas, but then discovered a valuable source of assistance.
Sixth grader Gracie Hoffman became involved and said, “This was a good cause and I love to craft. I don’t know why, but for some reason I can always figure out how to make something with the things that are available.”
JoAnn Fabrics in the Midtown Plaza had donated a variety of surplus supplies to Fitzhugh Park Elementary School and students were able to search the donations to find various fabrics and supplies.
There have also been other generous donations from people who have viewed the projects and support the students’ cause.
Hoffman’s creativity helped the arts and crafts creations grow in numbers and this Thursday night the community will be able to view the fruits of the student labors during the weekly Oswego Farmers’ Market.