Holy trinity students use art to reach out to Haitian classmates
Holy Trinity School Ministry has supported a Haitian mission project for the poorest of school children in Port au Prince, but recently took the challenge to push themselves well beyond monetary aid.
As part of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in El Dorado Hills, the school has raised several thousand dollars over the last two years to send to Fr. Hagan’s work with the Hands Together Mission in Haiti, which serves Cité Soleil, the poorest part of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Hagan is a good friend of the parish and has visited several times. When Principal Trisha Uhrhammer asked how they could be of additional help, Hagan challenged Uhrhammer to build a reciprocal relationship for the children of the two vastly different schools in order to learn from each other, in what he referred to as a “horizontal relationship.” The two discussed the lack of art or decorations on classroom walls in the Haitian schools and an idea developed.
Back at Holy Trinity School Ministry, the principal consulted with the school art teacher, Julie Shelnutt, who developed an art project to be sent to the Haitian children for their school walls, carefully offering age appropriate lessons for all eight grades participating in the project.
Designed to teach the El Dorado Hills children about the culture of Haiti, it was equally important to inspire cultural pride in the Haitian children upon the art’s arrival. Holy Trinity School children reviewed Haitian art, which emphasized religion, everyday activities and items found in their everyday lives, such as food, flowers and animals. The children celebrated the Haitian art themes in developing their own art projects, using oil pastels to catch the vibrant colors in Haitian art.
The beautiful art work of the children, first through eighth grade, will be on display in the Holy Trinity Church Narthex and Social Center Jan. 20-30. After the show it will be transported to schools of the the Hands Together Mission in Haiti.
Holy Trinity School will send enough paper and art supplies for the Haitian children to design their own art projects and hopefully send some back to their new California friends, with the hope of developing a long-term friendship between the two schools. The school ministry future plans include exchanging additional art projects as well as developing pen pals with the children in the Hands Together Mission schools in Haiti.
For more information call Holy Trinity School Ministry at (530) 677-3591 or e-mail Uhrhammer at [email protected].