Friday, February 14, 2014

Skraptacular Recycles a Tried-and-True 
Tradition in Westchester

Remember bringing an old shoe box to grade school and covering it clumsily with tissue paper, construction paper hearts, lacy doilies and lots of Elmer's glue? You made a ragged slit in the top, with a blunt scissors, and waited to see what letters, or candy hearts, you would find within.

On Sunday, February 9th , Skraptacular recycled this venerable tradition with the Girl Scouts of Larchmont and Mamaroneck. Over 70 girls and women attended three Mother-Daughter Eco-Valentine's Box Workshops. We asked mother-daughter pairs to bring in old photos, pieces of jewelry, old letters and more to make a box that might, in time, become another treasured family memento. Skraptcular provided salvaged boxes, paper scraps and glue, and the mothers and daughters provided the creativity, shared memories and love.


Skraptacular is happy to work with more Girl Scout troops, especially ones local to Manhattan. Please contact us if you are involved in a troop and are interested or know of a troop that could benefit from Skraptacular. What better way to earn a "Conservation" Badge?

...And in Manhattan: Workshops for United Palace and Dream Catchers

Skraptacular continues to donate workshops to underserved communities, bringing the Eco-Valentines Box making workshop to two groups in Upper Manhattan. Yesterday afternoon, we brought our boxes, glue, scraps and enthusiasm to children at the United Palace Afterschool and Enrichment Program. While this week is Eco-Valentines Box week, we are donating five weeks of Skraptacular workshops to this group of underserved children in the Northern Manhattan community. At Skraptacular we show that it doesn't take money to make art. The materials are all around us, often in our trash cans. But it does take some guidance, and that's what we can provide.

Today we will work with Dream Catchers, a Special Delinquency Prevention Program (SDPP), which provides a creative arts program for at-risk girls ages 13-18, and we'll come back to work with Dream Catchers every ten weeks on different projects.



Thanks to your generosity, we can continue to reach out to communities like Dream Catchers and United Palace Afterschool and Enrichment Program. Your funds, volunteer time, attendance at our events and interest in our work sustains us. As a special Valentine's Gift, here's a Hearts & Crafts activity just for you and/or your little ones (or you can be inspired and make your own eco-Valentine's box)! Hope your day is filled with love (and candy).                                                     


Skraptacular Announces Partnership with
Jack Johnson's From Here To Now to You Tour

Dubbed "The World's Mellowest Superstar" by RollingStone Magazine, Jack Johnson is a world-renowned singer-songwriter, surfer, filmmaker, and musician who has made it his mission to improve our planet. With his wife he created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, which is one of our major grantors.

Now Skraptacular is teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2014 From Here To Now To You Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. All At Once comes to life online and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with us and other local and national non-profits. All At Once promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives.

Look out for more information on our one for one matching grant and our appearances at Jack Johnson's Jones Beach and Prospect Park concerts in June.

All At Once 2013
All At Once 2013

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