You’ve all heard about the Grinch that stole Christmas. Oh, you haven’t? Well neither have I. Not Really. But I heard there was such a thing or I would never have been able to use the word “Grinch.” What is a Grinch, anyway? He, or she, must be a bad someone to steal Christmas.
In my opinion the Grinch that stole Mother’s Day is much worse than the one that stole Christmas. I never met Santa, or Dr. Seuss, but I did meet my mother and lots of other mothers and they were all kind of cool. Not only that, this Grinch may not be able to steal only this Mother’s day, but the coming Christmas as well and he, she or it, will not return what was stolen when he hears the student singing, celebrating and enjoying creating even though he stole their day.
Oh, didn’t you hear about it? Well the Grinch is trying to put an end to a happy event that has been going on for more than 30 years. Now I know that’s not as long as Christmas has been around, but it is still something the students get excited about celebrating.
Every Mother’s Day and Christmas there is a ceramics fundraiser at several of the University of Hawaii’s community colleges and at Manoa. At these fundraisers the students can sell things they have made in the ceramics classes during the semester.
There is something special about having a complete stranger liking a pot, or a bowl, or a sculpture you have made enough that they will put out their hard-earned cash for it. It is a confirmation of your work and talent. It can even give you a warm fuzzy feeling that is even better than getting an “A” in the class.
What’s more, when someone buys something at these fundraisers it not only puts a dime or two in the student’s pocket; it also raised money for the ceramics department. At these fundraisers 70% of the money goes to the student and 30% to the ceramics club.
I doubt that there is an art department in any state university where the staff really feels they have everything needed to do an outstanding job with funds allocated from the state budget. At Windward Community College the annual Christmas and Mother’s Day fundraiser provides a little more that can be used toward supplies and equipment and helps the ceramics department at WCC (under the direction of Prof. Paul Nash) to be the outstanding instructional program that it is.
Then along comes the Mother’s Day Grinch. It can only be assumed that someone complained to the State Ethics Committee that the Mother’s Day and Christmas pottery fundraisers constituted a private business being conducted in a State facility. Thereupon the administration decided that the Mother’s Day and Christmas pottery fundraisers be cancelled until the Ethics Committee rendered it’s conclusions.
There you have it. The Mother’s Day pottery fundraiser stolen by a Grinch. At least the Grinch can’t keep us from creating and creating is fundamental.