The kids at the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary are going full steam to help their community even as they get set to leave and enjoy their summer vacations – and they’re letting their creative sides show. Art Instructor, Ms. Kay Shirley and all of the Kindergarten through 5th grade students have been busy creating classroom art projects that will be showcased May 15th through May 19th throughout the elementary school. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends are all encouraged to stop by, look at the works and place their bids.
All proceeds from the Art with a Heart Auction will be donated to help raise funds to restore the Ace of Clubs House which is located in historic downtown Texarkana.
“There is nothing more touching or heartfelt to me than when a child comes to you with their innocence and expresses a desire to help out. That these kids are collaborating with one another within their own classrooms is wonderful. That they want to then turn around and donate their earnings to our Ace of Clubs House makes the entire project even more heart warming.” expressed Board President, Velvet Cool.
The Ace of Clubs House was recently selected to move on to the second round in the process of applying for a Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant which could result in an award of $25,000, a much needed boost for the project’s overall $300,000 budget. All funds received prior to the grant deadline will be used as the required 1 to 1 matching funds if the grant is received. If not, the funds will be applied directly towards the project in order to move forward with the restoration process.
In addition to supporting the hard work and enthusiasm the kids at Morriss Elementary have put into bringing awareness to the project, donations may be made at any Texarkana Museum location or any BancorpSouth location by asking to donate to the Ace of Clubs House Restoration Fund. Online donations may be made at www.gofundme.com/AceofClubsWindows and payments may be mailed to Ace of Clubs House Restoration Fund, PO Box 2343, Texarkana, Texas, 75504.