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bunker hill fifth graders keep sam houston looking monumental


May 6, 2010 -- Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Arts Foundation hosted the 14th annual Adopt A Monument ceremony at the base of the Sam Houston sculpture in Hermann Park.

The Sam Houston Monument was adopted by the fifth grade class of Bunker Hill Elementary School in 1997. Every year since, the school's fifth graders have conducted fundraising activities to contribute to the care and conservation of this historic Houston monument.

This year, the students conducted a raffle, which raised $1,707.25. Amegy Bank partnered with the school in 2006, and matches the funds raised by the students each year. 2010 total contributions were $3,414.50.

Since 1997, Bunker Hill Elementary School fifth graders with the help of a corporate sponsor, have contributed more than $75,000 to the Houston Arts Foundation specifically for the Sam Houston monument.

On hand for the ceremony were Council Member Sue Lovell (At Large 2) who spoke to the 135 students about the importance of art in our city and the value of participating in the community. Emceed by Channel 13 (KTRK) anchor Sharron Melton, the program was opened by Houston Arts Alliance Board Chair Fabené Welch. A check was presented by students and Amegy Bank's Mark DeVaney to Houston Arts Foundation Chairman Sally Reynolds. Special guests included Artie Lee Hinds, Pam Ingersoll (both instrumental in the creation of this program), City Council Member Mike Sullivan, Houston Arts Foundation Board Members Barbara Claiborn, Shunney Nair, Gus Kopriva and Peter McStravick, who also serves on the HAA Board. Other HAA Board Members celebrating were Marshal Lightman and John Guess Jr.

HAA is pleased to announce that we will be adopting the Adopt A Monument program, and will work to expand it by connecting schools with public art works.

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