In October, sixth-grade Valley Elementary teachers Michelle Evans, Rebecca Warnes, Carolyn Hogge, and Jamie Froerer, along with Principal David Hales, were notified that their proposal for a Champion Creatively Alive Children grant had been accepted as one of 20 schools, from hundreds that had applied across the nation, which would be receiving the grant award from Crayola.

Representatives from Crayola wrote, “You and your colleagues can proudly announce to your school community and beyond what an exceptional plan you have to enhance the creative experiences for students. Your idea has the potential to transform teaching practices in schools across the nation as your model program is developed and shared in the interim and final reports.”

The Crayola grant awarded to Valley includes $500 worth of Crayola products that will be used to implement the grant proposal—in part, teaching history through the students’ creation of magazines from different eras of time through the use of the Crayola creative products. The newspapers from the varying eras will cover a variety of topics, such as fashion and design, local news, politics, religion, transportation, and want ads.

The grant proposal states, “What if art-infused learning drove curriculum? What if sixth-grade students could understand why people in the cultures that they study act, live, and do what they do? What if our rural students could see the world through others’ history as they study the world past and present in state core objectives? What if through their research they could use art to depict other people, buildings, and their languages using Crayola products? What if each classroom formed interconnections with world cultures past and present? What if we create living museums, design magazines, brochures, murals, and art-based wordless debates that we share with others?”

In addition to the Crayola products, the school will also receive a $2,500 grant check from Hallmark, Crayola’s parent company, for development of their program proposal.