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.


  1. Dear wonderful Discount School Supply, with your amazing Liquid Watercolors and your fabulous varieties of sequins-buttons-glitter and your kind thoughtful people and your pages and pages of art supplies:
    Thank you for your support and believing in my passion to bring art to children who have none in their school lives. I can do this! The votes that your blog will generate may just do the job! If everyone who reads this can vote every day through Dec. 31, I could actually win. I know what a busy month it is, so votes are even more treasured because of the time it takes, but believe me, it's worth it! It's like donating to an art charity, but you don't have to spend any money!! I like that! Thank you again,
    Your Life Time and Appreciative Friend,
    MaryAnn F. Kohl

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  3. To all the people who supported my efforts with the Pepsi Refresh grant for the month of December, 2010:

    Thank you so much for your support voting for my proposal to bring art to children and teachers around the country. I know it was a lot to ask and I appreciate the time each of you took to help me. I've learned a lot about how this type of voting process works! Looking forward, I feel renewed to schedule more workshops for the coming year and I am inspired to really really really reach children and impact their creative lives! After all, that's what my teaching and writing career is all about and always has been.

    My proposal, Bring hands-on art to kids who have no art programs in their schools finished #142. There were 1500 entries. Therefore, because I did not finish #1 or #2, I did not win the grant. I was competing for one of two spots in the $250K level in all 6 categories. It was a long shot for sure, but I was willing to try. The competition was tough at that grant level; competing against the entire National Humane Society was not an easy task for one person with a sincere following. We simply did not have the numbers they had, but we certainly had the loyal voters!

    Winners of the 2 Grants for $250k.
    #1 Winner: Category: Health
    Help Hannah's Hope Fund fund a clinical trial to treat GAN, save lives
    Hannah's Hope Fund
    #2 Winner: Category: Health
    Help Youth Who Suffer From Depression or Bipolar Disorder
    Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF)

    Pepsi Refresh Results:
    For a full listing of winners and rankings, go to:
    The final results will be verified January 23.

    ~ MaryAnn Kohl

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