Bangkok Prep Pre-school students raise B130,000 at an Early Years’ Art Auction

Pre-school students aged three to five years old at Bangkok Prep raised B130,000 during the school’s annual Early Years Auction, surpassing the previous year’s total by a substantial amount. The funds will benefit charity group Second Chance Bangkok.

The theme for this year’s art project revolved around the theme “Going Global”. The children had the opportunity to work alongside their peers in the classroom to produce individual and collaborative pieces. They explored the continents using a variety of different media, creating constructions, collages, paintings and working creatively on a large and small scale.

Over 20 art pieces were auctioned. One art piece, painted by nursery students, was entitled The Elephant at Sunrise – reflecting the student’s host country and national animal. Another painting resembled that of the celebrated Japanese polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama and her famous giant doll.

“The artworks were amazing as it was a collaborative work by the young creative minds that put in a lot of effort to produce each piece with their tiny and artistic hands. Some of the art pieces took two to three weeks to finish. We are thrilled to have raised such a significant amount of money for charity,” said nursery teachers Lisa Del Bel and Sarah Downes

“A big thank you also goes out to all the parents who have shown equal enthusiasm and support of this project,” added Maria Pepa O’Donovan teacher, a Reception teacher.

The funds raised will be donated to Second Chance Bangkok a local initiative by residents of Klong Toey slum that seeks to reuse and recycle household and office items, create employment opportunities for people who have experienced barriers to employment and finance projects that support families in the Klong Toey slum.  Donations of second-hand goods are received largely from expats and are then sorted and sold from a store near the Klongtoey slum. This project helps fund school holiday programmes for local children.