Art Helping Cancer Patients

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 8:03 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 8:03 AM EDT

Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Festival of the Arts is about students helping cancer patients through their talent.

"Through their creativity people will come and make a donation to the Roswell Paint Box Project. We thought it was nice that the kids talent would be raising money for more artistic endeavors," Art Teacher Laura Glista said.

Art Teacher at Pinehurst Elementary School Laura Glista said the money goes to cancer research along with supplies for "The Paint Box Project" that she mentioned. That program allows cancer patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to design and sell their own greeting cards to raise even more money for the hospital.

"We've had really good response with our donations," Glista said.

Glista said this is their ninth annual event. She said in the past they've had more than 4,000 people show up to view the artwork and donate. Art from students of all ages across the Frontier School District is picked to be put on display.

Kindergartener Erynn Ras is one of the artists. Erynn is the daughter of Channel 7's very own Elizabeth Carey. She had this to say about why the art show is important.

"I think it's good so they can feel better. I really think it's fun and I like to do art," Ras said.

Third grader Bryce McCarthy also has art going in the display this weekend. He said he does it for the cancer patients especially younger children who may be suffering.

"It's important to me because it helps kids get strong and healthy and that's pretty much what everybody wants," McCarthy said.

Glista said she is proud of what her students have done. She also said the event not only raises money for a good cause but also brings the community together.

"Being able to see things from other schools. Seeing what happens if you are elementary what happens when you are in middle school and high school. Also having all the different schools together is really awesome for the teacher and the kids," Glista said.

The festival will take place on Saturday, March 23 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HUB Youth Center on the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg Campus on McKinley Parkway.

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