Dear Friends,

In response to COVID-19 and school closures, Springboard to Learning is placing “Arts & Learning Snacks” in the hands of under-resourced children to engage families in arts and creativity projects. The need for hands-on learning experiences is critical for under-resourced students who are disproportionately impacted by the digital divide, unable to access online learning.  As a result, students already struggling to meet grade-level expectations fall even further behind during school closures.

In partnership with Operation Food Search, these “Arts Snacks” will be distributed at family meal sites across the St. Louis Public School District. Each “snack” includes:

  • Activity materials
  • Printed step-by-step instructions to complete the project without internet access
  • Fine arts standards and other applicable standards addressed with each “snack”
  • Additional supports if internet access is available, including an online video link, connecting students to a Teaching Artist who walks participants through the instructions and virtual workshop

With “Arts Snacks,” students will receive rich, arts-education experiences that connect with curricular content without requiring technology access. Families will be provided with resources to supplement at-home learning, and teachers will learn valuable teaching strategies for engaging learners.

“Arts Snacks” cost $2.50 per child. Springboard plans to deliver 1,000 units per week for four weeks to under-resourced students. A donation today allows us to get “Arts Snacks” into the hands of St. Louis’ most needy children, allowing arts-integrated learning to continue. It also makes possible the expansion of the project to other areas of need and future innovative work in support of the under-resourced.

For over 50 years, Springboard to Learning has been using arts and culture to transform student learning. Though COVID-19 poses an unprecedented challenge, we believe in the transformative power of arts and education, and envision a future where all children are passionate, engaged learners who experience success.

Will you help us offer these needed resources?

From our family to yours,

Springboard to Learning