Art Club volunteers for the Pumpkin Palooza fundraiser

The rekindled Art Club is painting pumpkins for an annual fundraiser for kids suffering from domestic abuse

Liz Coenen, JagWire reporter/photographer

The Art Club, led by new sponsor and art teacher Jodi Ellis, is a haven for creativity for artists at Mill Valley. 

The Art Club announced that they were painting pumpkins for Pumpkin Palooza, a fundraiser at the Sunflower House. The Sunflower House is a home and counseling center for kids that are suffering from domestic abuse from parents or guardians.

The Art Club, which has just rekindled after a year, is taking over for the National Art Honors Society. NAHS is taking a break for this year. 

In regard to Pumpkin Palooza, Ellis is excited to see just how much creativity the students hold.

“I can’t wait to see what the kids come up with for their different ideas,” Ellis said. “I think the more original ones are what really intrigued me so I’m really interested in seeing if any of the students had an original idea instead of just reproducing some artwork or something related to Halloween.”  

NAHS has volunteered for Pumpkin Palooza in the past, but for the Art Club, this is new.

“We’re choosing to do it because we have the information and since we’re just restarting, we thought it would be fun to do,” Ellis said. “Plus, it’s for a good cause.”

Pumpkin Palooza will be held on October 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sunflower House where you can buy hand-painted pumpkins, food, face painting, and other fun activities for kids.

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