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 team of volunteers combined their talents and resources to provide 40 foster children with a learning toy and art supplies for summer fun and and creativity.
The ages of the children range from 1 to 18 years old. The 1 and 2 year olds received a Melissa and Doug First Bead Maze, which encourages the development of early skills. Art supplies for the other two age groups ; 3 to 6 and 7 to 18 year olds received art totes with age appropriate supplies.
Manley’s Board Treasurer, Barbara Lezynski, generously donated the funds for the project. Gwenn Childers, vice president, a retired Montessori school director, developed the materials list based on the ages of the children. When the supplies arrived, the team got together and packed the totes which were then delivered to Every Child staff for distribution. The project turned out to be a joyful experience for all. Barbara Lezynski expressed this sentiment well in thanking Gwenn Childers.
“I will never get tired 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 very much. You added so much joy and knowledge that turned this project into time well spent, volunteers working together with a purpose, it was easy and fun to do.“