Little Kids Create Big Art for Great Cause

OGDEN, Utah -- Parents and supporters of Weber State University's Melba S. Lehner Children's School are hosting an art exhibit and fund-raising event in the gallery at Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard in Ogden, Feb. 23, from 5-8 p.m. and Feb. 24, from noon-8 p.m.


The fund-raising aspect will be accomplished through the sale of the children's art and a silent auction featuring donations received from community artists and businesses. The silent auction will conclude at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, during a reception to be held at the gallery between 5 and 8 p.m. Proceeds from this fund raiser will go to the Melba S. Lehner Endowment Fund.


Students from teacher Sherri West’s class will sing and sign (ASL) several songs at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and again throughout the reception on Saturday.


The exhibit, "Little Kids, Big Art," will feature works by young artists from the children's school as well as donations from artists and business in the community. The exhibit will also include several large scale murals completed by all the children in several classes; charming and revealing self-portraits; and other paintings and sculptures by the children. All the children's art is for sale at a relatively low "suggested donation."


This is the second year for this event. The fund-raising committee includes WSU student Sonya Welsh and WSU student and children's school teacher's aide, Melissa Thomas. Both Welsh and Thomas are parents of children who attend the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School.


"The reason we started this fund raiser was because of the teachers," Thomas says. "As a single mom I am so thankful that my daughter has the opportunity to be in a program where they take such good care of her and are helping her learn new things everyday. I wanted to show my appreciation to them for all of the hard work and long hours they put in, taking such great care of not only my daughter, but all of the children in their classes."


Carole Haun, the school director, says "The Melba S. Lehner Endowment Fund was established through generous donations, to keep the Melba S. Lehner Children's School an excellent school for children, families and for the training of university students.  Money from this event will be added to generous donations from the past to ensure this vision, with money being spent both on current needs and long term goals.


"I have been associated with the Melba S. Lehner Children's School as an employee since 1970, except for two years when I completed my master's degree and seven years when my children were young.  In all those years, this is the first group of parents I remember initiating a fund-raising event for the school.  We are so excited to be a part of this historic and generous undertaking.  The children and teachers are busy making art projects for the exhibit. We are grateful to the staff at Universe City for their generous assistance in making this event a reality."


For more information about the fund-raising committee and the exhibit, contact Sonya Welsh, or 390-3853 or Melissa Thomas,


For more information about the gallery, contact Benjamin Jennings, 458-8959.


Caril Jennings
(801) 626-6431 •

Sonya Welsh, event organizer
(801) 390-3853 •

Melissa Thomas, event organizer