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Lincoln Avenue art project benefits St. Joe's Children's Hospital
Lincoln Avenue art project benefits St. Joe's Children's Hospital

Students at Lakeland’s Lincoln Avenue Academy have done an art project fundraiser benefiting children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa. 

Lincoln Avenue Academy has raised approximately $500 and will donate 100 tote bags filled with art supplies that will be delivered to the hospital on May 12.

Their project is titled “Art for a Cause –Art in Medicine.”

The bags will be filled with crayons, pads of paper, pencils, markers, water color puzzles, coloring books, water color sets and play dough. The school worked with St. Joseph’s Child Life Department  to determine the types of art materials needed at the hospital. 

Artwork on the totebags was painted by Lincoln Avenue students.  Students at the school are stuffing the tote bags this week in advance of the bags being sent to St. Joseph’s next week. They are also composing notes of encouragement that will be attached to each tote bag.

The school raised the money for the art supplies and tote bags by painting six murals which were photographed and reproduced on greeting cards.  The greeting cards were blank on the inside and sold for $5 for a set of six. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the cards will also go to the American Cancer Society.

“I encourage my students to use their visual arts talents to help others,” said Lincoln Avenue art teacher Julie Stone. “To encourage students of all ages that they can make a difference in someone’s life is an amazing lifelong lesson.  The students’ positive energy and focus for this cause was evident in their paintings and was demonstrated when they sold cards and gathered donated art materials.”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital was chosen to benefit from this project because a Lincoln staff member was aware of a need there.

Julie’s students have created other artwork benefiting both local and global causes.

A recent project involved painting murals and raising money for the preservation of Lakeland architectural landmarks including the Polk Theater, the downtown train station, the federal building, the Henley Field baseball park, the Terrace Hotel and the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel on the campus of Florida Southern College.  

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