Students make good use of Huguenot Cemetery’s toppled trees

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What: St. Augustine Makers Fest

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 10

Where: Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave.

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The second annual St. Augustine Makers Fest benefiting St. Augustine Public Montessori School, 7 Williams St., has a unique and historically significant item for sale this year.

Montessori student, 7-year-old Lily Wilcoxson, visited the Huguenot Cemetery after a tornado toppled numerous trees from hurricane Irma. She was accompanied by her grandparents Kimela and Bryan Dooley and her younger brother Henry, age 4.

The family wanted wood for a special project at the school, and workers at the cemetery were delighted to supply them with as many cut logs as they wanted. The children selected wood cut from the fallen trees and the grandparents loaded the treasures into a car to take to the school.

The result is a fanciful collection of Santa Claus logs painted by the children with the supervision of Kimela Dooley.

Bob Smith, Vice President of the Friends of the Huguenot Cemetery, said he was “thrilled to see the wood put to such good use.”

Numerous craft items from wood and rocks made by the students will also be on sale.

“This is a major fundraiser for the school,” said Ann Johnson, Montessori school director. “The school is in its sixth year and is the only public Montessori School in St. Augustine.” The veteran teacher and administrator supervises a student population of 121 children from first through sixth grades.

The mission of St. Augustine Public Montessori School is to “provide students with a learning culture grounded in Montessori philosophy and practice that inspires a love of learning and respect for self, others and the environment.”

The St. Augustine Makers Fest will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave. More than 25 local artisans will be showcasing craft items. Local food and drink vendors and a beer garden will be available as well as live music.

Proceeds from St. Augustine Makers Fest benefit the St.AugustinePublicMontessoriSchool, a 501(C3) nonprofit organization.

For information, go to St.AugustineMakersFest.org.

 

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