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Students helping students: ‘Sunflowers for Ukraine’ fundraiser in Newtown

An easy way to show support

Thirty-nine youth artists from Bucks County have joined together to create one collaborative painting, titled “Sunflowers for Ukraine,” in an effort to raise money for the refugee children who recently arrived in the area and who will be their new classmates this fall. Each sunflower petal was painted by a local student to show their support. The colors are vibrant and uplifting, showing a bouquet of sunflowers in a blue glass vase with an impressionistic illustration of the Ukrainian flag in the background. As a fundraiser, 11″ x 14″ posters of the painting which read “Peace, Love, & Hope for Ukraine” are available for purchase for $15 at 2 South State Street in Newtown throughout the summer while supplies last. Through the Newtown Rotary C.A.R.E.S. program, 100% of proceeds benefit the Ukrainian refugee students.

Many people want to show that they stand with Ukraine and want to help out, but just aren’t sure how to do that. The posters are an easy way for people to do both. Hanging the posters framed or unframed in a home, business, office space, restaurant, or dorm room is a nice way to show support, and at the same time the purchase of the posters helps the Ukrainian refugee children new to our area.

Every student can relate to the thought of being nervous about going to a new school, but the Ukrainian children have been through the traumatic experience of having to leave their homes and their country, and leave their fathers behind. They arrived here with literally nothing. With that in mind, all of the young artists were extremely compassionate and happy to be able to help with the charity painting

The Sunflowers for Ukraine artwork were painted by Amelia Binkley, Ava Barbrow, Jack Barbrow, Connor Boucher, Brynn Casey, Erin Casey, Allison Cirillo, Victoria Cirillo, Taylor Dahms, Amanda Gardner, Addison Kohler, Olivia Kelly, Anthony Kelly, Hanna Lipski, Andrew Loudon, Tim Loudon, Abbie Lustig, Keiley Lyons, Darcy McCullough, Sophia McGee, William McNamara, Ava Peterson, Alivia Peterson, Violet Peterson, Grace Porter, Sarah Porter, Chris Riether, Camille Rizzo, Morgan Schimek, Gabi Smith, Reece Smith, Abby Steadman, Chase Steadman, Erin Stone, Ian Stone, Katie Sukunda, Charlotte Van Lieu, Ella Walsh, and Abby Walsh.

Two South State Street in Newtown is also the drop off location for anyone who wishes to donate $25 Walmart, Target, and Visa gift cards which will be distributed to the Ukrainian families through the Newtown Rotary. Please consider purchasing a poster, or dropping off gift cards to help the Ukrainian students and their families. HOURS: Sunday and Monday 11:00am – 4:00pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday – Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm.

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