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The Dansville Online
  • Red Cross, Genesee Valley Education Partnership to bring statues to Dansville

  • Students from the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Career and Tech Center’s metal trades class have teamed up with the Livingston County Economic Development Corporation to bring an incredibly unique and highly visible fundraiser to the village of Dansville.

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  • When young talent and a good cause combine, great things can happen.
    Students from the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership’s Career and Tech Center’s metal trades class have teamed up with the Livingston County Economic Development Corporation to bring an incredibly unique and highly visible fundraiser to the village of Dansville.
    The students have been working tirelessly for several weeks to create stunning sculptures out of various scrap metal parts that will be auctioned off June 2 to raise money for the American Red Cross.
    The sculptures, which are all garden-themed, stand several feet high and many have been painted. Examples include flowers, wild plants, insects, and wildlife.
    “We are stunned by the quality of the work these students turned out,” said Sandy Shaw, executive director for the Clara Barton #1 Chapter of the American Red Cross.
    “We are so excited to reveal the artwork to the community and, ultimately, to auction them off to the public.”
    The first chapter of the American Red Cross was founded in Dansville in 1881 by friends of Clara Barton. The staff and volunteers conduct blood drives, provide disaster relief, and hold health and safety training courses for the public.  They also operate a medical closet where supplies such as crutches, wheelchairs, and other needs are loaned to the community.
    “When we started thinking about the charity we wanted to choose, the Red Cross was an obvious choice,” said Olie Olson, metal trades teacher at GVEP. “The students are excited about the cause and the statues really reflect their excitement. I’m very proud of the work they’ve accomplished this semester.”
    A public unveiling and project kick-off will be 11 a.m. April 21 at Star Theatre. Statue auction fundraising event will be 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2 at the Moose lodge in Dansville.

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