CHESTERTOWN - Through a recent project, sixth graders at North Warren Elementary School are helping children overseas in dire need of medicare care and food - while expressing their artistic talents and depicting aspects of the holidays.
Weeks ago, the sixth graders created drawings of various holiday scenes and North Warren teacher Poul Carstensen computerized the images and produced notecards bearing the students' artistry.
The holiday notecards, in full color and printed on quality paper stock, were sold by the students at $10 per package to their peers, teachers, and North Warren staff members.
The money raised was donated to the United Nations International Children's Relief Fund, a charity the students chose after evaluating the poverty, hunger and lack of medical care plaguing the third world countries.
While talking to his daughter Tina about the planned donation, Poul Carstensen found out that one of Tina's classmates from North Warren, Lauren Monahan, now works for UNICEF as a public relations representative.
Carstensen contacted Monahan and she decided to visit the school, give the students a PowerPoint presentation on the work UNICEF accomplishes, and accept the check in person. Monahan is the daughter of George and Mariann Monahan of Chestertown.
The 50 or so sixth graders presented their donation of $500 to Monahan on Dec. 23 after her lesson detailing how UNICEF is fighting disease and malnutrition, particularly in Africa.
Monahan, a 2002 North Warren graduate who now works in Floral Park NY, said she was impressed with how the children took action to help their counterparts in need across the world - and that their work will make vital differences in the lives of poverty-stricken children.
"It's definitely amazing that the children are following through like this on their concerns for others," she said. "And the holiday cards are so creative."