SpringHill Suites Helps Raise $1,000 For Red Bank Elementary Art Program

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown helped raise $1,000 for Red Bank Elementary's art program.  They used the money to buy needed supplies.
SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown helped raise $1,000 for Red Bank Elementary's art program. They used the money to buy needed supplies.

SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor’s latest fundraising efforts will impact a local school’s artistic future. 

With a budget of $100 for the year, stretching that amount to suit 650 students over nine months time span is impossible, said officials.  Red Bank Elementary’s art program was dealing with such a problem, until SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown approached the school about a special fundraiser driven by the arts.

The Save Art! initiative is a brand-wide program designed to provide under-resourced schools with needed art supplies.  The hotel’s first annual Save Art! night event raised $1,000 to go towards Red Bank Elementary’s art program.  The fundraiser featured live entertainment, raffle drawings, and showcased the student’s most favored art projects.  

The $1,000 raised was used to purchase art kits containing paint, construction paper, scissors, and Crayola materials.  “The children always ask if we can paint,” Visual Arts teacher Sandra Lehn said.  “We are never able to as much as the children would like; so all of this is just amazing.  We are so grateful.”

“Art classes have been cut so much over the past several years due to the focus on testing and lack of funds,” Red Bank Elementary Principal Haley Brown, said.  “Words can’t express our gratitude.”



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