Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Parent-Child Home Program

I was so delighted when two weeks ago I was contacted by the Parent-Child Home Program with a request to donate some of my artwork for their cause. PCHP gives low-income families the tools and skills to prepare their children for school success. Statistics show that throughout the US millions of children attend kindergarten unprepared and get left behind as early as the first day of school. That's a heartbreaking reality. 

PCHP  strives to bridge the achievement gap through its unique focus on intensive Home Visits twice a week over a two year period with two and three year-olds and their parents. Trained Home Visitors model reading, play, and conversation activities using books and educational toys that are gifts to the families. Targeting families that are limited by poverty, isolation, language, and literacy barriers, the Program strives to increase children's success from kindergarten through to high school, and hopefully beyond. Over the 45 years of its existence, the Program has been proven to increase High School graduation rates by over 30%. 

On November 19th, PCHP will hold its annual fundraiser, The Literacy Champions Gala. This year's Gala will honor New York Times Best Selling Author, Amor Towles, (Rules of Civility, Viking/Penguin), and it will be attended by over 300 high profile business executives who will be bidding on silent auction items in order to raise funds to further support the Program. And this is where our Donations come in. I will be donating prints of original hand-drawn illustrations printed on high quality archival Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper:

The  Program is accepting art prints, books, and any other type of artwork, so if you're an Artist or an Author and you would like to donate some items, please contact me and I will refer you to the appropriate contact at PCHP.This is not only an amazing opportunity to help, but it's also a good place to have your work seen by some pretty important people. If you want to learn about the Program in more detail, please visit their site here.

Most of us talk about making a change in the world on a regular basis, and here is an opportunity to actually follow through with it. I am so happy and honored to be a part of this Cause, and I hope to have something to contribute ever year. So good to know that our art has the power to help people in need :')

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