The start-up money for the banking project was donated by the Casey family of Bethlehem.
Reilly said, “It’s amazing what sixth-graders can accomplish when they work together.”
Throughout the year, the social studies classes also collect the artwork sent to them from the various schools in the Global Coalition. At the end of each year the artwork is then auctioned off and the proceeds are donated to an area in need. This year the proceeds will go to the not-for-profit organization The Giving Circle in Saratoga where they will assist the group in building a school in a poor Ugandan village.
The auction will feature 100 pieces of art from 11 different countries this year. The hope is to raise about $3,000.
“Kids from around the world have contributing their art to help our cause,” said Reilly. “The fact is most of these students come from places where they are so poor they would never have been able to contribute themselves, but by sending it to us they can help raise the money. Some of it even goes back into their communities.”
The International Children’s Art Auction is being held on Thursday, May 17, at the Bethlehem Central Middle School Library Media Center. The art preview will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with the auction from 7 to 9 p.m. There is a $2 admission fee, which includes light refreshments and string performances during the art preview.
Reilly said 50 to 100 people attend each year, many of whom specifically collect a certain genre of children’s art.
“We have some really stunning art. Some of the stuff from students in Russia looks professional and would look really nice on someone’s wall,” said Reilly.
To learn more, visit the Bethlehem Central Middle School website.