Stephens Elementary students seek art supply donations for children being treated at the Cancer Center

Each spring, Stephens Elementary, along with its business partner, The Hartford, chooses a child-centered organization to assist with a project.

In the past, Stephens students and Hartford staff have donated books for literacy programs and needed items for Ruth’s House, a women/children’s shelter in our area. The Hartford also supported the fund-raising efforts for the American Red Cross last fall when the fourth grade students made and sold patriotic lapel pins and magnets.

This year Stephens and The Hartford have chosen the outpatient Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital as a community service project. Many children who spend hours at the cancer center are in need of “fun” things to occupy their time.

During the month of March, students and staff will be accepting donations of basic art supplies such as scissors, glue, glitter, construction paper, water colors, water-color paper, finger paints, crayons, coloring books, play dough, etc. and miscellaneous art supplies such as feathers, buttons, pipe cleaners, foam shapes, craft sticks, modeling clay, sequins, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and paper.

The outpatient center would also love to have art project kits (such as simple sewing, sand art, necklaces, bracelets, sun catchers, etc.) and play dough fun centers.

“Children with cancer and other serious illnesses need a positive way to use their time waiting before, during and after treatments,” said Denise Meister, assistant principal at Stephens. “We hope that these art supplies will put a smile on a child’s face and help them get through a difficult time.”

If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile project, donations may be dropped off at Stephens Elementary, 2402 Aldine Mail Route. Items may be placed in the box near the front office.