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Principal Giuseppe Gencarelli Receives Grant to Champion Creativity in Schools

Local Principal Giuseppe Gencarelli Receives Grant to Champion Creativity in Schools

 

Giuseppe Gencarelli is one of 20 elementary and middle school principals from across the nation who have been selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant. Gencarelli is principal of Hope Valley Elementary School in Hope Valley, RI. Crayola and NAESP together selected 20 schools to receive the grants, which will fund innovative programs aimed at building creative capacity schoolwide. 

 

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grants are intended to help schools nurture children’s creativity and inspire other schools to do the same. Hope Valley Elementary School received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products. Gencarelli will share outcomes from their program via NAESP’s website and a special Principal magazine supplement to help other principals develop promising practices related to arts in education. 

 

The schools grant focus is on Cultural Exploration and Collective Expression. Students’ cultural awareness of artistic traditions within the local community and globally will be strengthened as they participate in performing and visual art experiences and create a student-led blog to showcase the role of arts in learning and cultural understanding. Gencarelli stated, “Hope Valley Elementary School is thrilled to receive this amazing opportunity from Crayola and NAESP. We know our students will benefit from these collaborations and we are excited to showcase their work with our school community and beyond.”

 

“Crayola believes that for students to reach their full potential and grow into self-motivated learners, their creativity and critical thinking skills must be nurtured. We believe children develop these 21st century skills when educators ignite their imaginations through art-infused education,” said Chuck Linden, Crayola Executive Vice President of Strategy and Education. 

 

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program asks principals to explore a “What if…?” learning opportunity. For example, what if schools adopted the art-infused teaching approach to help students deepen understanding? 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.

 

“Principals understand the value of using arts-infused education to ignite deep learning for all students,” said NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks. “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, providing them the type of complete and well-rounded education that they deserve.”

 

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit www.naesp.org/creativity or Crayola.com/grants

 

About Crayola creatED®

Crayola creatED provides professional learning courses and resources for K-8 educators on leadership, multiliteracies, family engagement, and STEAM to prepare students with academic and life skills that hinge on creativity. By inspiring creative teaching strategies and project-based learning, creatED bolsters district-wide student engagement and improves learning outcomes. For more information, visit crayola.com/education and follow @creatEDCrayola on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

 

About the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP):

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle school principals in the United States and internationally. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy and professional development, advocacy, programs, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP advances the profession on behalf of all principals, providing specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and capacity-building educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.

tic 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.

 

“Principals understand the value of using arts-infused education to ignite deep learning for all students,” said NAESP Executive Director L. Earl Franks. “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, providing them the type of complete and well-rounded education that they deserve.”

 

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit www.naesp.org/creativity or Crayola.com/grants

 

About Crayola creatED®

Crayola creatED provides professional learning courses and resources for K-8 educators on leadership, multiliteracies, family engagement, and STEAM to prepare students with academic and life skills that hinge on creativity. By inspiring creative teaching strategies and project-based learning, creatED bolsters district-wide student engagement and improves learning outcomes. For more information, visit crayola.com/education and follow @creatEDCrayola on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

 

About the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP):

Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle school principals in the United States and internationally. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning through policy and professional development, advocacy, programs, and resources for effective instructional leadership. NAESP advances the profession on behalf of all principals, providing specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K-3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and capacity-building educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.