Sarah’s school sculpture in preparation | New

A Grove City Middle School student turns her 13th birthday gift into a project that will last for years to come.

Instead of gifts, Sarah Hazy asked her friends and family to help raise money for an art project she’s designing for college.

The seventh grader’s tentative plans feature a metal sculpture that will be placed outside on the school grounds – built with help from the George Junior Republic fine arts program, which produced several pieces in recent years for communities in Pennsylvania under the leadership of Glen Sanders. .

Sarah, who celebrated the milestone anniversary in September, said she was partly inspired by the art class and her teacher, Alisha Johnson.

“The art class is kind of an outlet for me,” she said as she met Johnson and Sanders one afternoon in the art room to discuss the project.

Johnson was unaware that Sarah was planning to raise donations and was surprised and touched when the teenager presented her with $ 300 and a beautiful, handmade card.

“I had so many emotions going through me,” Johnson said.

Sarah initially thought that Johnson might use the donation for school supplies, and she came up with the idea after chatting with her mother, Ashley Hazy, that she didn’t want anything special for her birthday.

Ms. Hazy suggested that she focus on her hobbies or interests. Sarah thought of art; she enjoys painting and drawing at home, and she appreciates the way Johnson encourages students to express themselves to the best of their ability.

Johnson tried to convince Sarah to use the money for her own art supplies or a savings account.

Sarah insisted on paying it up front, which prompted Johnson to consider how the funds could be used in a way that has a lasting impact on the school.

She made contact with Sanders, and he immediately agreed with the idea of ​​the sculpture and moved by Sarah’s generosity.

Sarah loves sculptures; her favorite is the colorful flower display in front of College View Towers in downtown Grove City.

She’s excited to put her own touch on a sculpture for college, and she’s worked on a few sketches that include an eagle – the Grove City School District mascot.

The final size and design will depend on the budget, which can include in-kind donations such as supplies.

The sculpture will be made at George Junior, where students can share their own contributions and ideas as they come together, Sanders said.

Sarah trusts them to bring it to life. It is a sense of pride for the students of George Junior, said Sanders.

“It’s something that comes from the hometown,” he said.

Once the final design is in place, the project will come to fruition quickly. A dedication ceremony is usually organized after the installation of the piece.

Sarah, who said her classmates were also eagerly awaiting the end result, will have to think about what message she wants the sculpture to send, Sanders added.

And sculpture won’t be the only thing Sarah leaves in college. She also helped paint a rain barrel for the community garden outside of Johnson’s classroom, where she painted storage cabinets.

“It’s a safe and nurturing environment,” Sarah said of Johnson’s class.

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