From the Trillium Lakelands District School Board:
When Gravenhurst High School (GHS) teacher, Aimée Bulloch, received a phone call from a community member who recalled the Remembrance Day ceramic poppy fundraiser Bulloch organizes each year, she was touched. The community member explained she is of Ukrainian descent, and thought a similar fundraiser for a Ukrainian appeal would bring people together.
Bulloch and her students agreed, and got to work. With 45 ceramic arts students and four lunchtime volunteers, the group has made pins in the shape of the Ukrainian flag, and sunflowers, the country’s national flower. In addition to the pins, they have also made vases, soap dishes, and jewellery dishes.
The group has learned a lot from the poppy fundraiser, and have improved the production for this initiative, improving the pin glue along with, Bulloch said, “making a more consistent and professional product. Some students are also involved in selling and advertising the ceramics as well.”
Bulloch estimates between 700 and 900 pins have been made so far with supplies paid for by the GHS art department. The flag pins can be purchased for $10 and the sunflower pins for $15, and all money raised will go towards the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal.
The pins can be purchased at the following locations:
- Arts at the Albion: 100 Muskoka Rd. N. Gravenhurst, ON
- Lilibird: 9 Ontario St. Bracebridge, ON
- The Family Place Restaurant and Pizza: 1 King William St. Huntsville, ON
- Canvas Brewing Company: 12 John St. Huntsville, ON.
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