This year's 2013 EAFA award winner is Mrs. Georgene Kunz who teaches At Risk students at Fawcett Elementary School in Tacoma, WA. The Signature Art Fund award will help pro-vide art supplies for her students this year. Children who are "at risk" are foster children or homeless children, who live in cars or are raised by family members. Sometimes their parents are in prison. Seventy five percent of the children who attend Fawcett Elementary School get free or reduced lunch because of the poverty level.
EAFA member and artist Fran Velling filed the application and sponsored the award. She also volunteers in the classroom and assists Mrs. Kunz as she introduces her At Risk students to a variety of art projects during the school year.
Fran met Mrs. Kunz 3 years ago at an art show. "She told me she had taught 2nd grade At Risk children for 22 years—frequently spending her own money to buy art materi-als. I wanted to help in some way. The EAFA Signature Art Fund award will help these stu-dents grow and improve their self-esteem.
"For example, a boy this year struggled with all his subjects—math, reading, and spelling—and could not read by the end of the school year. But by doing a special art pro-ject with Mrs. Kunz, he created an absolute masterpiece. When it was time to show his hand drawing before the class, he received applause and praise from his classmates for his outstanding work."
Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2013 20:51