You gotta have heART!

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington launches its AL ACTION! event in February: a fundraiser to provide art supplies for several elementary schools in the tri-county area.

During February, anyone who enters the Assistance League Thrift Shop on Eastwood Road can donate $5 or more to purchase art supplies. To increase the number of schools receiving funds, ALGW will match the public’s donations up to $3000.

Thrift Shop visitors can also enjoy a student art show, featuring the works of Wrightsboro Elementary students taught by Bronwen Guthrie.

Assistance League chapters across the country produce AL ACTION! events during February to celebrate the birthday of their founder, Anne Banning. Most events benefit schools served by Assistance League’s flagship program, Operation School Bell®.

Why fund visual arts? According to AL ACTION! co-chair Cathy Grampp, a former art and special education teacher, when funding is scarce, “art and music programs are among the first programs to be eliminated or cut. These programs are crucial in the overall development of our children,” which is especially important during these Covid times.

She explained, “Creating art helps children mentally, socially, and emotionally and enhances their ability to analyze and problem-solve. It also improves fine motor skills and self-expression, which boosts academic achievement. Art can improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.”

Cathy also noted, “Art teachers are very resourceful, but a lot of funding for projects comes out of their own pockets.” This is where the AL ACTION! campaign can help.

To contribute to the fundraiser, visit the Assistance League Thrift Shop at 420 Eastwood Road on Thursday,  Friday or Saturday, 10-4, or go to the Donate page to help us to help our local children.