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She did it – eight-year-old Mollee Cunningham of Fircrest sells enough drawings online to buy her brother’s autism classroom an iPad, plus apps

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm with No Comments »
January 9, 2012 2:58 pm

Mollee Cunningham, "Monkeys." Courtesy image.
If you’ve been following the story of eight-year-old artist Mollee Cunningham, last reported by Kathleen Merryman on her blog, you’ll know what a heartwarming one it is: Mollee’s been selling her drawings on the popular marketplace website Fiverr.com to raise money for her twin brother Josef’s classroom. Both twins have autism, Josef more severely, and when asked what she most needed for the specialty classroom at Franklin Elementary his teacher immediately requested an iPad. There are many educational apps designed specifically for children with autism which help them learn and interact.

Mollee Cunningham, "Alfie." Courtesy image.

That was in December. Since then Mollee has been busy drawing monkeys, dogs, people and just about anything (age-appropriate) that online customers have been willing to pay $5 for.

And now – success.

“We’ve raised $500,” says Mollee’s mother Julie, “which pays for an iPad and some apps.”

Two other iPads were donated.

If you want to help out, Mollee’s still taking orders for a couple of weeks: Most of those apps cost $5-$10, says Julie, and one costs $200. They’d like to buy the teacher an app gift certificate. Then they’ll take a break – but Mollee loves to draw and to help people, so they might kickstart a new series if there’s a new need.

“The response was pretty overwhelming,” Julie Cunningham says. “Everyone was really impressed with Mollee’s willingness to help out.”

To find out more, visit www.fiverr.com


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