SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In our world today, children are limited in the ways they can express themselves.

Art is one of the few options that had held throughout the generations. It is a simple way children can be boundlessly creative and produce something they are proud of.

The best part is, giving children this opportunity can be as easy as providing them with just a few crayons and a sheet of paper.

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With this is mind, SBHS student volunteers along with art teachers Cassandra Stedina and Laurie Budhu are hosting, for the third year, its successful Krayons for Kids fundraiser, benefitting the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson.

This hospital helps families and children through the toughest times in their lives.

In the process, one of their many goals is to make the hospitalization experience as welcoming and enjoyable to the children as possible.

Studies show that even a simple distraction from stressful situations can improve the overall health and attitude of a child.

To do so, Robert Wood provides their young patients with coloring books and crayons. Not only does this make them feel like a normal kid, but it also allows them to express and enjoy themselves in a tough setting. At SBHS, we encourage creation in our everyday activities, by designing bulletin boards, posters, homecoming floats, and more.

The volunteers, therefore, want to help the hospital in its mission, so we did this by creating the Krayons for Kids fundraiser.

We are asking for donations of unused or unopened coloring books and crayons to donate to the hospital. This fundraiser will be held throughout the entire month of March in the high school.

There will be donation boxes located throughout the school in various areas such as the main entrance and outside grade level offices. In addition, donation boxes will be available at the SB District Student Art Gallery on March 23, so while you enjoy our students’ art, you can give this joy to other children who need it as well.

Last year, in addition to crayons and coloring books, we accepted monetary donations which allowed us to purchase a number of other items that were in demand in the hospital such as baby mobiles, Lego sets, and Xbox games.

The children especially enjoyed the 55 crayon boxes and 33 coloring books collected.

Art is a powerful tool that allows children to communicate and develop.

Using coloring books and crayons during hospitalization enables children to remember what it is like to just be a kid and enjoy every moment.

The donations we receive will help children at Robert Wood more than we could ever imagine. Any amount of donation makes a difference, so we are grateful for each one.

They will put smiles on the faces of children who need it, and help to make their experience at Robert Wood as positive as possible.

Please donate so you can give the gift of art to the amazing children at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.

(Editor’s Note: Sabrina Ray is a student at South Brunswick High School)

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