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News Release

January 29, 2002

Auction celebrates creativity of children

It's art done with heart. And with fingers and toes. And maybe a nose or two thrown in for good measure. The art is the result of weeks of creative effort by the children who attend the University of Guelph's Child-Care and Learning Centre. From babies to kindergarteners, they've been putting their all into painting works of art that will be framed and auctioned off next month as a fund-raiser for the centre.

The auction will be held Feb. 17 at 3 and 5 p.m. at the Bookshelf in downtown Guelph. The 3 p.m. event will be a silent auction, complete with music and milk and cookies. Admission is $5. The 7 p.m. event will feature both silent and live auctions, as well as appetizers and music. Cost is $10.

The auction is the brainchild of Ann Wilke, a teacher at the centre who got the idea when a colleague framed a piece of children's artwork for her last year as a wedding present. She calls the event "a wonderful celebration of the creativity of children. By encouraging their participation in art projects, and through the public display of their work, we send a clear message to them that their efforts are valued and respected." In addition, the auction provides an opportunity for people to show their support for high-quality education for both today's children and future generations, she said. All proceeds from the event will go to the Child-Care and Learning Centre. To order tickets, call Ext. 2682.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs, 519-824-4120, Ext. 3338.

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