Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vote for MaryAnn Kohl...Pepsi Refresh Project

Hi. I’m Judy McGuinn, President of Discount School Supply. I’d like to share with you a project to help restore art instruction and experience to 150,000 children whose schools no longer have art programs.

MaryAnn Kohl, author of children’s books and popular keynote speaker, is a long-time friend of Discount School Supply – and a long-time fan of Discount School Supply Colorations® art materials. Now she is hoping to win a $250,000 grant in the Pepsi Refresh Project being sponsored by Pepsi Cola – and she needs our votes! You can vote every day in December – and you can even text an extra vote each day!

“Art by Great Masters, Art for Great Kids” is the name of MaryAnn’s great idea. She hopes to reach out to 6,000 teachers and 150,000 children in schools that have lost their art programs to budget cuts. MaryAnn says, “The idea of being able to reach out to all those teachers and students is just awesome. I have been so concerned to see how many schools have had to give up art programs because of budget constraints. When I learned about the Pepsi Refresh Project, I though this might be my chance to help those schools restore a great art experience to their classrooms. And since I have loved working with Discount School Supply and its wonderful customers over the last 20 years, I knew you’d share my excitement for this project.”

Please visit the Pepsi Refresh Project or vote today for MaryAnn Kohl’s idea. Here’s what her grant will do:

• Reach 6000 teachers who have no art programs in their schools.
• Allow teachers to experience art hands-on to understand how to teach art easily
• Share slides of great masters' art and examples of great art by kids
• Teachers will come away with free art books full of art ideas from the workshop

MaryAnn has authored two children’s books on this subject, Discovering Great Artists and Great American Artists for Kids., along with many other titles. She is a popular speaker at workshops, seminars and conferences around the world. Many of you probably know her already. If you can take a minute today to vote for MaryAnn’s project, we’re sure she would be so grateful for your help. Thank you from all of us at Discount School Supply.