For the past few years, I have had the opportunity to donate my time and artwork for an extremely good cause. Spaulding for Children hosts yearly Celebrity Cook-Off's and Wait-Off's where, amongst other things, local celebrities work as cooks and waiters. The celebrities wear hand painted aprons that get auctioned off during the evening. The proceeds are donated to Spaulding for Children.
I have had such a great time painting aprons for the cause in the past, that this year I brought in some aprons for the students to help create. They had an amazing time with them. The only complaint was that they wanted to make more!
I was so pleased and impressed by the student's reactions. The project spurred discussion of the importance of helping others, the positive aspects of adoption, and more. A student in fourth grade even had an opportunity to share her own adoption story and was very proud to help paint the aprons to help others.
All in all, it was a great experience. A special thank you goes out to Spaulding for all the wonderful hard work they do each and every day!
Lauren Dziadosz is a K-5 art teacher at Hedke and Anderson Elementary Schools in Trenton, Michigan