Class Act: Casas for CASA


By WSIL Manager

WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- Students from six different schools in Williamson and Jackson Counties are using their skills to help kids in need.  It's part of the annual Casas for CASA fundraiser.  

Drafting students from Carterville High School built an eight-foot-tall castle. The playhouse is one of six being raffled off for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Williamson County.
"Originally, we designed everything on paper and pencil. Do it the old fashioned way, then with computers coming in, it changed how we do things.  First, it was done in two dimensions. This year we designed it in 3-D," said teacher Mike Fleming.
Students were able to use a small model created by a 3-D printer to problem solve before building the real deal. Members of the art department helped paint the final product. All told, students spent hours after school and on weekends making the castle perfect.
"The whole time we were painting it, I was imagining the little kids playing on it and having fun. That's what motivated a lot of us to paint and put as much work as we did to it. I think we did a good job, and I hope we make someone really happy," said Art Club President Kodiak Frey.
Other high schools, including Carbondale, Crab Orchard, Herrin, and Johnston City, along with John A. Logan College, participated in the fundraiser. Raffle ticket sales will help kids in the court system in Williamson County.  In 2012, the event raised more than $26,000.
"I think it's good because it helps out the community and helps kids in need.  I remember as a child my mother bought the tickets," said senior Elijah Greer.
Art Club member Alex Lumbert is glad she helped.
"It was definitely worth it. Made me feel like more of  a person because the community give to you and you should give back," said Lumbert.
"I think it's a really worthwhile program to help kids. This is not their fault. They're trying to help them through the situation and make sure they have an advocate watching out for them," said Fleming.
Raffle tickets are available at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion. You can also purchase them online by clicking here.  The drawing is Sunday, December 22.
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