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Candy cane sales send club to Chicago

Posted February 1, 2012 by Joe Rehana in News

Goreville senior Laine Wade (left) helps sixth grader Kaitlyn Schuetz in Carlene Miller’s Art class Monday at the high school. The high school Art Club is scheduled for a trip to Chicago in February and Miller said Wade was responsible for spearheading a candy cane “secret Santa” sale that will help fund the trip.

The Goreville High School Art Club is preparing for an overnight visit to Chicago in February and a portion of its cost comes covered from the creative creation of a candy cane fund drive by senior Laine Wade and Tyler Downs.

This will be the Art Club’s second trip to Chicago organized by Carlene Miller, the art department and club director, who praised Wade for spearheading the candy cane fund drive.

“She was so organized and so responsible; she took charge and made it happen,” said Miller. “It’s really great when students have that kind of responsibility.”

Wade organized the selling and distribution of more than 550 candy canes throughout the Goreville schools before the Christmas break. In something of a “secret Santa,” children and faculty—and even parents, purchased candy canes for one-another, which were decorated and delivered by the art club surprising the recipients with the gift.

“I hope the project is carried on once I graduate because everyone seemed to really enjoy it,” said Wade, who is headed to Quincy University next fall to study broadcasting and sees herself working in multi-media. Wade said she is more comfortable behind a mouse than a paintbrush and enjoys the creativity she experiences through art.

Wade said the Art Club works together to come up with ideas and votes on the ones they like the best. With homecoming scheduled for January, there was room and a desire for something celebratory before the break that inspired her into action. She said everyone worked together to make it a success and that the work was worth it because it was so well received.

When the Art Club hits Chicago Feb. 16 they will visit the Museum of Science and Industry, see the Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater and overnight at the Palmer House. Before returning home they will tour the Art Institute and visit the Shed Aquarium.