Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

While research­ing new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my stu­dents.… “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teach­ers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for find­ing cre­ative les­son ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as hap­pened to me with this les­son!  So, here’s the “rab­bit trail” that led to this great find… I first spot­ted this idea on a brand new blog called “Art in the…Middle School”, which I found while read­ing a post at “The Art of Edu­ca­tion”.  No instruc­tions, though (just a pic­ture and les­son title), so I googled “Houses for Haiti” which led me to “The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Inter­net”, where I was finally directed to a link to “Haiti Houses”, a won­der­ful project by two Florida art teach­ers, Ellen McMil­lan and Ann Ayers. Watch their video here to see how your stu­dents can use card­board scraps, mark­ers, glue, and a spe­cial sealer to make these charm­ing houses, turn them into mag­nets or pins, and raise their own $$ for Haiti. This project has raised over $237,000 so far! I plan to try it out soon.… with a few changes. Stay tuned!


4 Responses to Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

  1. Snippety Gibbet August 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    These are so very cool!


  2. Don Kennedy October 23, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    The house for Haiti projects works great with Triple Thick liq­uid and it is a AP non-toxic option which is a must have at my school. When I do this project I tend to also uses UNC glue sticks because it makes the card board piece stick together so much bet­ter than any­thing else. I also instruct the kids to color the edges of the card board to give the work just a bit more pop.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks for your com­ments, Don! Yes, AP non-toxic is impor­tant to men­tion, and I really like your idea of col­or­ing the sides. I’m not sure what UNC glue sticks are, though. We use Avery Per­ma­nent glue sticks and haven’t had any prob­lems with them com­ing apart.

  3. Jeanine July 30, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Incred­i­ble absolutely incred­i­ble .. That is a very large sum of money for art stu­dents to raise…I just love your blog here. Your shares are always use­ful and full of added resources! Love it!
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