Mother-daughter duo donated 16000 books to students

PHOTO: Books at South Polk Elementary Schools Free Book Giveaway Day in May 2018.

One mother-daughter duo is proof that the power of learning goes beyond the classroom.

JoAnn Hooker, 59, and her daughter, Sara Hooker-Weaver, 34, are teachers at South Polk Elementary School in Old Fort, Tennessee, who have provided free books to hundreds of their students over the past four years.

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“Middle School Students Turn Casual Art Into Merchandise At Crate & Barrel”

Cool Program! “Crate and Kids”

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some young, local art students have landed a spot in the “home” section of Crate & Barrel. Their line launches Monday and will be on display in East Falls.

The local non-profit “Fresh Artists” selected a group of 11 talented 5th through 9th graders from schools in Philadelphia, Camden and Norristown about a year and a half ago to work on a bedding line with designers from Crate and Barrel.

“It’s called Crate and Kids,” said Fresh Artists Founder Barbara Allen.

Allen says the idea was to show kids how doing fun stuff like art can turn into a job. On Monday night, they and their families will see the finished product.


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Timonium woman teaches art class aimed at easing stress of veterans, first responders – Baltimore Sun

There should be more programs, maybe even some organized charity events that help PTSD and other traumatic event victims to deal with their stress through the arts.  Whether its painting, writing, music, dance – whatever, these should all be offered to veterans and other stress related victims.  How much evidence do we need regarding the healing powers of the arts?  Treating the “soul” is what art does … and these folks definitely deserve to have that opportunity.

Drafted out of high school, Ziegler went to Vietnam, coming home after he was wounded before serving overseas in Germany. While in Europe, he made time to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, never losing his passion for art.

This year, Ziegler engaged that passion again, as he regularly traveled from his home in Linthicum to Epiphany Episcopal Church, in Timonium, to try his hand at making masterpieces of his own. His destination was a class taught by Mary Rever, an artist and teacher from Timonium who offers free painting lessons to military veterans and first responders.

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