5th grade Kaechele student Ava Rajappa (right) with friends Kailey & Caroline Kotze (left to right) donated more than 500 art kits for Glen Lea and Laburnum students. Ava started her own non-profit [art-love.org] that so far has distributed 2000 kits across the US!

Art teacher Raelyn Fines was excited to receive the kits!

Glen Lea art teacher Raelyn Fines, CLC site coordinator Marci Goode, HEF Program Officer Paula Roop and HCPS art specialist Michael Kalafatis gratefully received Ava’s donation.

Kits include stickers, markers and other crafty items…

From the Art Love website, "Our mission is to use art as an avenue to serve children on the margins of society. Hardships including homelessness, food insecurity, economic inequity, mental illness and more create intense stress which can lead to trauma. Art-making is a proven relief to these stresses and creative expression is often a doorway out of trauma. This is true across age, gender, and socio-economic status, but even more so for young people. The mental, social, and emotional development impacted by having a creative outlet is enormous. Everyone deserves access to art, and our goal is to make that happen one kit at a time."

Learn more about this charity and make a donation: https://www.art-love.org/