Marshall Middle School art students participating in the Cards for Humanity fundraiser are (back row, from left) Rory Long, Sadie Williams, Aliza Alibhai, Sabrina Melad, Noelle Mingo, (front row) Tyson Dougherty and Alona Schnee. (photos by John Gregory)
Cards for Humanity: Students take action
Seventh grade art students from Marshall Middle School took the initiative to create their own fund drive with the goal of helping victims of recent hurricanes that struck the United States. They asked for donations Friday and Saturday at the Starbucks located near the old Vons, 10000 Aviary Drive, and they will be there again Sunday morning, Sept. 24 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Those who make a donation receive a special greeting card, handmade with great care by one of the students.
Earlier this month, students from Laura McDonald’s art classes were learning about the 9-11 attacks against the United States and were discussing both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. It’s understandable that 12-year-olds, upon becoming aware of the enormity of these calamities, might have felt a bit anxious and helpless at the same time. The youngsters wondered what they could do to make a difference. That’s when they decided to take action by organizing a fund drive to help the hurricane victims.
“When the hurricane hit Texas, and then we knew another was coming to Florida — and we were in the midst of talking about 9-11 — we thought, ‘We’re so fortunate to live in San Diego and we haven’t been through anything devastating,’” McDonald explained. “So, we thought, ‘How can we, as middle schoolers, do something to help out these victims that have been affected by these natural disasters and such?’”
McDonald’s students came up with the idea to create handmade greeting cards which they would give away to anyone who would donate to a fund they created to help the hurricane victims. A couple of students went to the Starbucks on Aviary Drive to ask permission to set up a donation stand this weekend. The Starbucks manager was kind enough to grant permission, and the students collected donations Friday and Saturday, and will be there again Sunday, Sept. 24. Each person who donates is given a free, handmade greeting card. The suggested donation is $2, “but we’ll take whatever they can give,” McDonald said.
The greeting cards include thank you cards, cards of congratulations, birthday cards and even blank cards. Each card was made by a student. Some are hand painted using watercolors, while others feature calligraphy.
“They really did a good job and they organized pretty much this whole idea from start to finish and called it Cards for Humanity,” McDonald explained.
“I kind of came up with the Starbucks idea,” said Noelle Mingo, 12.
Mingo said her card creations were “mainly watercolors because that’s what I’m best at.”
Alona Schnee, 12, further explained the reason for the project.
“We thought it would be nice because we have really good weather. We don’t really have severe problems with weather,” she said.
“We thought, since we’re not going through these problems, we should help the people who are,” Mingo added.
Tyson Dougherty and Rory Long are two art students who helped out on the organizational side of things.
“We organized the sales and got to use Starbucks. We went there on the weekend and asked the manager if we could set up a table there,” Dougherty explained.
“We went to Starbucks on Sunday a week ago and got permission and an email and everything from the manager. … It was pretty cool,” Long said. “There’s always a little doubt … but the manager was nice and I guess she understood that it was for a good cause.”
“It’s nice to know that we’re helping people in need,” Dougherty said.