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ArtPrize inspires creativity and community at Henry Head Start
ArtPrize inspires creativity and community at Henry Head Start

The success of ArtPrize stirred a great deal of conversation among Henry Head Start staff members. A sense of excitement permeated the school as new and unusual ArtPrize creations were discovered around town then later discussed among staff. This excitement inspired Henry Head Start staff to create their own art event to help develop a closer bond within their community.

The event took place on Thursday, November 18th, with participation from nearly 200 students, their families, and staff. The children worked on artistic creations with parents at home, as well as at school, individually and in groups. Parents submitted an eclectic collection of art pieces and staff added to the fun by offering their own art. Families and staff shared comments and laughter while viewing the art.

"Watching it all come together and the faces of the families and children strolling around the art said it all. The endeavor was more than worth the effort," said Phyllis Love, Site Supervisor. "The art was the fun part but the focus was the community and that was the real prize."

Henry Head Start, located at 551 Henry Ave SE in Grand Rapids,  is one of twelve NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited Head Start programs managed by Michigan Family Resources.