In their “Creative Compassion” art class, Saint Frances Cabrini Junior High students are using their artistic talents to create projects that will help others in their local community.
This semester, their first project was to create worry dolls that will be given to patients and their families at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. Each folk doll will have a note attached with the Mayan legend explaining that the worry doll, when placed under the pillow of someone who is unable to sleep, will carry his or her burden of worry. In addition, students are also creating joke books, game and activity binders, and ceramic guardian angel pins for patients at the hospital.
Saint Francis Cabrini Art teacher, Mary Saca, has also equipped her classroom with a “creative compassion corner,” so that early finishers can work on projects that help those in the community like cards for police officers and firemen, placemats for Meals on Wheels, and joke books for people in hospitals.
All of the projects are made with a lot of love and students are learning that their art can be used to do good for those around them.