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Anderson County Schools receives $80,000 worth of art supplies

Anderson County middle and high school students received a big surprise on Tuesday.
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 6:44 PM EDT
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OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn. (WVLT) - Anderson County middle and high school students received a big surprise on Tuesday; thanks to Dogwood Arts Festival 1,195 students received free art kits.

“This donation I’m very thankful for it because I really like art and creating things and just being a creative person. So I’m very thankful for it,” said Samantha Altum, an eighth grade student at Norwood Middle School.

The kits include markers, pens, pencils, stickers and a sketch pad.

“I’m really grateful for it. And I’m really glad that I have this new material that I’ll be able to maybe improve on my drawing,” said Isabella Rice, an eighth grade student at Norwood Elementary.

The students will take the materials home to use.

“It feels great because we have a lot of students who may not be able to have these resources at hand and just to be able to get the supplies to them so that they can work on it during the summer, I’m really excited to see what creations, works of art they come up with,” explained Robert Stephan, Norwood Middle’s art teacher.

Leaders hope it will help social and emotional needs as well. “We hope that these supplies give them an outlet to be able to express themselves,” said Shannon Herron, Marketing Director for Dogwood Arts.

Lily Hill, an eighth grader, found drawing relaxing. “It’s really kind of like an escape. It’s like there’s nothing around you and you just focus on the picture,” said Hill.

The donation cost more than $80,000 in retail value, but the students got everything for free.

ORNL Federal Credit Union, Newell brands and other sponsors helped make it possible.

Some students in Knox and Blount County Schools also got art kits.

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