Students in Tara Brulé's visual arts class at Christian Life School (CLS) are beaming from a recent announcement.
At the end of last month, the school took top prize in an international art competition.
"I came across this fundraising event that happens worldwide," Brulé explained.
"It is called the World Kid's Colouring Day. It happened on May 6, I think it is the third of its kind. It is co-ordinated by Save the Children. All over the world children create art. In this program they find a way to sell their art and donate the funds to the Save the Children fundraiser. This was a global event and in Canada a whole lot of provinces participated. Last year and this year, we placed, for raising the most money in Canada."
Sixty-nine students contributed 116 pieces of art for a silent auction held in the school's hallways raising $1,066.75 for the campaign.
"The idea is to sell you artwork. For example, one school painted 'Welcome' signs and then auctioned them off. Every school is encouraged to come up with an original way of creating art and then to sell it. We raised the most money per capita. They factor in the number of participants, because our school is certainly not as big as some of the others in Toronto or Quebec."
Brulé said many students really embraced the opportunity.
"The satisfaction of exhibiting their work and helping children in less fortunate places in the world," is what they got from it, she said.
"Some students donated multiple pieces. We had a Grade 7 student last year donate five paintings."
Student Whitney Schwab made a contribution to this year's contest.
"It feels really good, great," Schwab said.
Top prize was $1,500 for the school.
"It was unexpected, we didn't do it for the money," Brulé said.
"This was just an opportunity for the kids to meet other children's needs. What I hope the kids will pick up on is that they are capable of doing something. These children enjoy doing art so they were able to contribute a passion, of doing something they enjoy and help somebody at the same time."
In second and third places were Woodland Park Public School of Cambridge, Ont. and Princess Anne French Immersion Public School of London, Ont., earning them $1,000 and $500 respectively.
Over 600,000 students in 21 countries participated in the international event this year.