The Kids In Need Foundation Expands Partnership with The Craft & Hobby Association

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The A.C. Moore grant is just the beginning of new programs to encourage arts in the classroom.

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“The importance of creativity in the lives of children cannot be understated. Creative and crafting activities have been proven to improve cognitive development, problem-solving skills, motor-skills and self-expression among young participants."

The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) announced an extended partnership with the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), a non-profit trade association for the craft and hobby industry. Over the next several years, CHA and its member companies will work with KINF to develop new programs in order to benefit low-income students, teachers and communities.

“In order to be confident and successful in the classroom, students and teachers need the right supplies to incite creativity and critical thinking,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids in Need Foundation. “We are excited to work with The Craft & Hobby Association to provide vibrant creative arts experiences for students most in need across the country.”

As part of the new partnership initiative, The Kids In Need Foundation will be working with A.C. Moore to offer grants awarding $100 gift cards to 250 teachers for the purpose of funding project-based, hands-on lessons that incorporate arts & crafts into science, math, STEM/STEAM, social studies or language arts to enhance the learning experiences of their students. The A.C. Moore grant application will be open from Oct. 15, 2016 until Jan. 5, 2017. Teachers who are awarded the grant will implement their projects during the 2017 school year. Teachers interested in applying to the grant program can visit http://www.KINF.org/acmoore for more information.

KINF and CHA have a long history of working together to provide school supplies for students who would otherwise go without. Each year, at the close of CHA’s annual premier creative arts industry event, Creativation, CHA members participate in the show harvest – an opportunity to donate excess arts and craft materials to KINF Resource Centers. Since 2003, CHA members have donated more than $1.8 million in supplies to directly benefit the 4.5 million students and 150,000 teachers the Kids in Need Foundation serves nationwide.

“The importance of creativity in the lives of children cannot be understated. Creative and crafting activities have been proven to improve cognitive development, problem-solving skills, motor-skills and self-expression among young participants,” said Maureen Walsh, Vice President of Membership and Marketing at CHA. “The Craft & Hobby Association is committed to the importance of art education in the classroom and in the home. Our work with KINF will help extend the healing reach of creativity to children around the country and will make a positive difference in their lives.”

About Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and more than 150,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit kinf.org, and join us at twitter.com/kidsinneed & fb.com/kidsinneed.

About The Craft & Hobby Association
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international non-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the worldwide craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its Creativation Show, visit http://www.craftandhobby.org.

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