The Manley Art Center recently formed a community partnership with Every Child Curry County, a local foster family advocacy group. In late May, a four-member volunteer team combined their talents and resources to provide 40 foster children with a learning toy and art supplies for the fun and creativity of the summer.
The age of the children varies from 1 to 18 years old. The 1 and 2 year olds received a first bead maze from Melissa and Doug, which encourages early skill development. Art supplies for the other two age groups; Children ages 3-6 and 7-18 received art bags containing age-appropriate supplies.
Manley Board Treasurer Barbara Lezynski generously donated the funds for the project. Gwenn Childers, vice-president, retired Montessori school principal, compiled the list of materials according to the age of the children. When the supplies arrived, the team gathered and packed the bins which were then delivered to Every Child staff for distribution. The project turned out to be a joyful experience for everyone. Barbara Lezynski expressed this sentiment well when she thanked Gwenn Childers.
“I will never tire of thanking you for your expertise and the time you took to select the perfect, age-appropriate artist tools and supplies,” Lezynski said. “Thank you so much. You added so much joy and knowledge that turned this project into a time well spent, volunteers working together with purpose, it was easy and fun to do.“