Lyncourt students use art to help victims in Japan

Students at Lyncourt school have been successful in their effort to raise money for Japan.

The students made buttons and sold them to help out. The buttons had a Japanese symbol on them that means hope.

The students have reached their goal and have raised $1,096. They plan to present that money to the American Red Cross next week.

Original story from March 16:

Students at the Lyncourt School are using their artistic talent to help people who are suffering in Japan.

About 30 students have been designing and making buttons. The buttons have pictures on them and a Japanese symbol that means "hope." They plan to sell the buttons and send the money to Japan.

Students say they're happy to have the opportunity to help.

"I've seen pictures. I've seen video on the news about what's happened," says eighth grader Alyssa Haynes. "I feel bad, and I know that if something happened here, I'd want help, too."

"There's so many people dying, and I just want to help," says sixth grader Jacob Dippold.

Dan Retz, who teaches art at Lyncourt School, is also using the project to teach students more about Japan.

Based on what they're learning, students are incorporating Japanese culture into their button designs, including a picture of Mount Fuji and the Japanese flag. However, the project is also teaching them an important lesson about helping others.

"We're trying to teach the kids that we can back another culture, even if it's halfway around the world, during a time of need," says Retz.

The students are hoping to make about 500 buttons and raise $1,000.

If you'd like to buy a button and support the students, you can email Lyncourt School at for more information.

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