Chairs of Hope is an art-based community outreach project in which students & staff at Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner, NC paint wooden chairs to raise money for the fight against cancer through Relay for Life of Garner. Each year, over 30 chairs are hand-painted with a specific theme in mind. Our finished chairs are then auctioned off in a silent auction format in April, with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. As of now, the Chairs of Hope project has raised over $16,000 in six years.
The Chairs of Hope project began 13 years ago as the idea of art teacher Jim Hunt while teaching at Lincoln Heights Magnet Elementary in Fuquay-Varina, NC. It started as an elective class as part of the school’s committment to community service. In its earlier years, proceeds from the Chairs of Hope auction went to various other charities. Beginning in the 2006-2007 school year, Jim Hunt took an art teaching position at Vandora Springs Elementary, where he continued this project. Seeing that the area was very strong in the Relay for Life movement, the Chairs of Hope project begun its association with the Garner Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. The mission of the Chairs of Hope project is two-fold. One it allows both our Art Club students and staff members to work together creativity, and two, it allows each artist to understand that they are helping someone in need through their gifts.