Lakewood Elementary students will contribute ceramic artwork made at school to the silent auction held during the 22nd Annual Lakewood Home Festival, Craft Fair and Cafe.

By sharing their creations, the students are giving visitors a glimpse into how the tour, presented by the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, makes a difference at Lakewood Elementary.

Funds from previous home tours made it possible for the PTA to work with the school district to purchase and install a kiln for use by art students. Price tag: $6,000. Results: A solid tool for arts lessons at a young age, during a time when most schools are cutting back on arts programs. The PTA also contributes arts supplies and pays for the Artists-in-Residence program from Home Tour proceeds, as well as making other contributions in response to the school’s “wish list.”

“Our group fills in for the extras the school can’t get in the usual funding,” says Lakewood mom Maria Luna, publicity chair for the festival. “Arts are one that usually get pulled out, but our school is dedicated to keeping that program going.”

The Nov. 7-8 tour will showcase five homes ranging in style from contemporary to Georgian to Spanish Eclectic. After exploring the homes, visitors can stop by Lakewood Elementary, 3000 Hillbrook, to shop at the Craft Fair and nibble on goodies from the Cafe. The Craft Fair will offer more than 80 booths featuring antiques, arts and crafts alongside the cafe’s gourmet fate from neighborhood restaurants.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on tour days. Tickets provide admission to the homes, Craft Fair and Cafe. Tickets are available at Lakewood Elementary, Minyard Food Store, 2118 Abrams, or group members.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 8.

For more information, call Susan Overman at 214-826-0460, Kathy Watson at 214-324-0834, or Maria Luna at 214-328-2662.