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Robberson Students' Art Project Raises $6,000 for Kids in Need

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Students from Robberson Community School presented three checks to three local organizations totaling $6,000 Tuesday to help children in need.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Students from Robberson Community School presented three checks to three local organizations totaling $6,000 Tuesday to help children in need.

Children Taking A Stand was introduced to students at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

"Children Taking A Stand at our school started last year, and we have a community partner named Juli Nelson who wanted to work with us on this project," said Dr. Kevin Huffman, Robberson principal. "Her vision was to have our students in conjunction with local artists create art projects that then could be sold at a public event or auction, and then that money would be donated back to charities that help children who are in need."

The project started with a special educational video about the local organization Children Taking A Stand. Students then entered into an age-appropriate conversation about child abuse, led by a team member from The Victim Center. Throughout the year students were encouraged to respond to the issue by creating artwork.

In its first year, kindergarten through fourth-grade students produced artworks in collaboration with the local art group Art Renegades. In addition, fifth-grade students produced drawings that then were etched into glass or burned into copper, forging a metal art project designed by local artist Jim Carr.

Artworks were sold at local art events and at auction throughout the year.

The $6,000 raised went to the Child Advocacy Center, The Victim Center and CASA of Southwest Missouri.


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