Ross School Student Donates to Art-to-Go Backpack Program

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A Ross School student presented a donation of $1,100 to the Springs School "Art-to-Go" backpack program at October 5th's Board of Education meeting. The student, East Hampton resident Parker Firestone, read about the program in which art teacher Colleen McGowan received a grant for last year. Parker took it upon herself to donate the money given to her for her Bat Mitzvah. Parker explains that she made it her "Bat Mitzvah Project" to collect donations to put together 12 backpacks full of art supplies that will then be distributed to Springs School students to bring home and use and then bring back to school for another child to use. "I read that Springs School got a grant for 12 backpacks last year and applied for a grant for a dozen more for this school year," said Parker. "I thought to myself what was really important to me and after thinking about it, this was something that was really close to me and something that I loved." Parker explained that she grew up in an artistic environment and she always had art supplies. "I realized that not every child has art supplies. I could never imagine my life without art. Nobody should ever miss out on the amazing way that art can make you feel." And that's why Parker chose to collect her Bat Mitzvah money and put together 12 backpacks filled with art supplies and donate them to Springs School! Parker and her friends will visit our school in the coming weeks to assemble the backpacks with Mrs. McGowan. At the Board Meeting, Parker's father commented that the family hopes to make an "ongoing contribution" to the Springs School art program. For more information, please contact Mrs. McGowan at: cmcgowan@springsschool.org.