Coronita Elementary Selected By Crayola

Staff Reports

Photo courtesy: CNUSD A CNUSD student uses Crayola products to paint.

Photo courtesy: CNUSD
A CNUSD student uses Crayola products to paint.

Corona– Coronita Elementary School was selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant.

Crayola and NAESP together selected 20 schools to receive the grants, which will fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.

“The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are intended to help schools build creative capacity, nurture children’s creativity and inspire other schools to do the same,” according to a CNUSD news release. Coronita received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products.

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program asks principals to explore a “what if…” learning opportunity. For example, what if arts-infused learning thrived every day in schools? What if schools relied more on project-based authentic assessment rather than standardized tests? What if parents and schools found ways to document and articulate the value of creative experiences? The entries were judged on innovation, collaboration, and sustainability.

“From the moment I stepped onto Coronita Elementary School, I saw students happily and deeply engaged in purposeful, creative academic work,” said Celena Turney, Western Regional Manager, Education Leadership in a CNUSD news release. “A culture of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity is evident throughout this campus.  Kudos to Principal Kevin Kazala, his staff, students, and parents!”

“Principals understand the value of using arts-infused education to ignite deep learning for all students,” said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. “We’re proud to work with Crayola and the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program to provide schools with this unique opportunity for resources to enhance students’ creativity and success.”

“Coronita is extremely excited about receiving the Champion Creatively Alive Children Grant from Crayola in association with the National Association of Elementary School Principals,” said Principal, Kevin Kazala in a news release. “Art is in an integral part of learning for students to visualize content.  If you look carefully at the Common Core State Standards for California, you will find that art elements are woven throughout.  There is amazing learning happening at Coronita, and the Coronita family is proud to be recognized.”

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit www.naesp.org/creativity. To learn more about Crayola and view free professional development resources, visit www.crayola.com/educator. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.

This information was courtesy of Corona Norco Unified School District.

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