HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A local high school student is on a mission to provide Hattiesburg schools with art supplies.
Rising Senior Cade Slaughter from Sacred Heart High school is partnering up with the Hattiesburg Arts council to donate art materials to classrooms around the city.
Slaughter said art is one of his greatest passions.
"Usually I'm in my room painting or drawing, and even in elementary school, art class was always my favorite," Slaughter said. "So I wanted to find a way in which I could be helpful to other kids in that manner. I know that especially recently with the Hattiesburg Public Schools District and what they're going through, I know that art may be put on the back burner."
Slaughter said he hopes the art supply drive will highlight the importance of art classes in the public school system.
"It's so important that these kids have art as a stress reliever when it comes to taking math lessons and English lessons and just so they can express their creativity," Slaughter said.
Slaughter and the Hattiesburg Arts Council will continue to collect donations Aug. 1-2 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the HAC Open Studio on Front Street.
Needed art materials include, but are not limited to:
- Paint brushes
- Marker/ Colored Pencils/ Crayons
- Glue/ Kid Friendly Scissors
- Construction Paper/ College Materials
- Drawing Paper/ News Print
- Classroom Project Materials