Art bags help celebrate birthdays for kids


Holy Trinity’s National Art Honor Society members filled bags with art supplies for students in the Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids in Melbourne. From left are teacher Cathy Rodby and chapter president Isabela Rovira. Back row from left are Natalie Rolls, Vanessa Paniccia and Victoria Black.

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Members of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Upper School National Art Honor Society have picked up the “birthday bags” project to encourage the arts for all.
Former student Katherine Rodby, now a surgical resident in Chicago, came up with the idea of filling birthday bags with items kids may want or need.
The current NAHS members decided to take the idea a step further by filling the bags with 
art supplies.
“This is our first year doing it and we made 50. They’re for kids at the Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids in the Booker T. Washington neighborhood of Melbourne,’’ said Isabela Rovira, president of the NAHS chapter.
The bags included a sketch book, watercolor set, sketching set and colored markers.
“This was my daughter’s Gold Award project but I was talking with this group last year and they really liked the idea and they wanted to turn it into something that would be more pertinent to the NAHS. That’s when they hit upon doing birthday bags with art supplies. This year we were able to get it going and we ordered art supplies,’’ said Holy Trinity Fine Arts Dept. chair Cathy Rodby, Katherine’s mother. “When one of the kids in their program has a birthday they are going to hand them a bag,’’ 
she said.
The hope is to inspire a future artist who may not have had the chance, except in school classes which may have just a few supplies.
“Giving them the chance to express themselves with art is a good thing. This is something they get to keep at home and they have ownership,’’ Rodby said.
The students spent $500 on the 50 bags, with plans to raise more money to add more supplies next year, she said.
“We gave them a box full and when they run down we’ll give them another box full. I think it‘s something they will look forward to,’’ she said.
To donate to help fill the bags, call 321-723-8323, ext. 336

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