Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have blown us away with your generosity. In one day, we were able to raise over $800 to support STEAM arts integration programming and we have you to thank.
To give you an example of how your support makes a difference, I wanted to share a story from just this past week. Executive Director and Master Teaching Artist Arianna Ross reports from the classroom about having a moment of sheer joy at the impact of the work of a teaching artist:
"There was one particular student, one of my 5 year olds, who had been labelled as difficult, disruptive...then, when it came time to present the story, she was one of the most active participants. I was able to point to her as a positive example for the other students. Again and again, I see that it's the kids who appear to the classroom teachers to be a lost cause who really step up and thrive in arts activities. It's amazing to see that lightbulb of understanding go on. When they receive the positive attention they crave, they turn into our greatest success stories. It's not that the teachers don't want to give all of their students the attention they need, it's just that they are so often just overwhelmed and underresourced. We are there to offer them additional tools and support to help all their students succeed."
As an additional special thank YOU, you will receive a lovely gift, through the Gifts for Good program, for new donations of $40 or more. We will send you a set of 10 notecards with the unique artwork of students in one of our programs. They are blank inside so you can use them for holiday cards, thank you cards, invitations...it's your turn to be creative!
Check it out here:
As we reflect on the successes and challenges of the past year, we are so grateful to have you as part of the Story Tapestries network. We need your help to continue to spread the word about the work we do to reach students through the arts. Please "like" us on Facebook and help us grow our network by inviting at least 5 friends to like us as well!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and on the heels of this traditional opportunity to give thanks and celebrate family and togetherness, Global Giving and Story Tapestries will be participating in a new tradition, #GivingTuesday.
This project has been approved for participation in Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative. This means that our project is eligible for YouthSpark’s #GivingTuesday campaign taking place on December 3rd. Microsoft will be matching all donations on that day at 100%, with $250,000 up for grabs! You saw that right...100% matching donations. Your generosity will be doubled, and your impact magnified exponentially. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, Dec 3 and give, give, give!
Your donations will continue to support exciting and innovative programming to develop STEM skills through the arts, to increase learning retention by reaching the whole child and to build community support through parent and teacher involvment in the education process. We are currently developing partnerships with Arena Stage and Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County to reach students with emotional and behavioral challenges and keep them engaged in learning through the arts. We are in the process of creating programming in partnership with the local YMCA to bring STEAM initiatives to their Benchmark Afterschool Program. We are incredibly excited about the possibilities and with your help, we can make them happen.
We at Story Tapestries cannot thank you enough for your amazing support of our work! The lives of hundreds of children are being impacted daily as a direct result of your generosity. With your continued generosity, we will continue to offer powerful, life changing arts experiences and arts integration programs to schools, libraries and communities. A few of our friends would like to thank you as well. We hope their smiling faces make your day as much as they do ours!
Click the Thank You Video link below:
And we hope you will join us on #GivingTuesday, December 3! How are YOU giving back this holiday season?
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