Franklin students’ auction to help Humane Society

Franklin Junior/Senior High School art students are once again looking to bring some holiday cheer to the Venango County Humane Society.

Students have compiled over 60 pet-themed pieces of art that will be part of an auction tonight.

Ceramic pieces, coasters, ornaments and soft sculpture pet toys will be available for purchase, as well as all natural animal treats baked by home economics classes.

The idea of the charity auction began last year when Franklin art teacher Darrellyn Freeman was a long-term substitute for the school and had the students create water-color pet projects to be sold.

“As soon as I told (the students) about the project they were on board,” Freeman said.

Last year’s auction, Freeman said, was on a much smaller scale.

“It was like a test run, this year we had more time to think it through,” Freeman said.

With the extra time, Freeman and the students were able to branch out with their ideas. Pet toys made of denim, paintings of yarn, even the cookie-cutters used for pet treats were 3D-printed by the students.

The extra time also gave students the opportunity to be commissioned to paint water-color portraits of pets as a precursor to the auction, a venture that has brought in almost $600.

Freeman says the charity has not only given students a chance to show their creativity, but also enabled them to learn about what a Humane Society is, where the money donated will go and why the organization is important to the community.

“They’re all very passionate about it,” Freeman said.

The auction will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. tonight, which will be before the high school’s Christmas concert, in the auditorium. Winners will be contacted Friday.

“It’s been really cool to see (the student’s) personalities come out,” Freeman said.