The Naples Art Association is pleased to be a Charity for Change recipient. Charity for Change is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008. It creates and promotes opportunities for charitable giving as a way of living through character education and community engagement. They aim to provide a foundation for academic achievement, anti-bullying, volunteerism, community involvement, and social and personal responsibility.
Their School “Giver” Program engages 3,500 students, bringing character education to life. Together, each class chooses its charities and sets a fundraising goal. The students bring in change or host mini-fundraisers to contribute to the classroom bank for their charity. Recipient Charities participate by visiting the classrooms and talking about the services they provide to the community, further helping students connect with how their donations help others.
On Thursday, May 23, Education Director Callie Spilane made a presentation the first graders on how art relates to math, as she demonstrated to them how shapes form the basis of any drawing. ARTScool programming helps students apply their artistic creativity to subjects like math, science, and history enforcing how art is part of our day to day life. Spilane helped the first grader see how their donations would make a difference to others.
Students in Ms. Gibson’s and Mrs. Jordan’s first grade Lake Park Elementary classes collected and donated their change and much needed supplies for ARTScool programs offered at the von Liebig art center this summer.