She’s giving back

Student’s artwork fundraiser nets $205 for choir program

Chloe Connors, 13, created and auctioned off artwork on Facebook to raise money for the Jemtegaard Middle School choir. Buy this photo

Chloe Connors loves to express herself through art and music.

So when the 13-year-old learned that members of the Jemtegaard Middle School choir would have to pay for new folders, she took action.

“I really enjoy choir and wanted to help out,” Chloe said.

After learning that a projector was stolen from the choir room as well, it became even more urgent to help.

So Chloe created a Facebook page, “So Chlo” which features her artwork. She put the items up for auction and so far has raised $205 for the choir program.

“It’s been really fun,” said her mom, Debby. “It’s been a really good way for her to raise awareness of the arts with budget reductions.”

When Chloe approached choir teacher Jen Mahorney about donating money to the choir, she thought it was a “fantastic and generous idea.”

“This enterprise has been entirely conceived and carried out by Chloe, with her mom helping out,” Mahorney said. “It is an amazing example of student engagement and ownership in her education. Her paintings are amazing.”

Chloe, an eighth-grader in the fall, is homeschooled. Choir is a way to meet new people and make friends.

“It has been really good for her,” said Debby. “It’s a good place and good opportunity for her to express herself.”

Chloe describes Mahorney as “amazing.”

“I have known her forever,” she said. “She taught my brothers and she is the most wonderful teacher you could ever have.”

Chloe adds, “I enjoy singing and when I sing I can express myself. I also enjoy having other people around and we are like a big family. It’s awesome.”

Debby said her daughter is a gifted artist and always looking for ways to give back.

“I am so proud of her,” she said. “She has a really big heart. I always tell her that everyone can make a difference in one way. This is hers.”