Project Spearheaded by Julianne Moore Includes Cards from Jordin Sparks, Greyson Chance and 8-year-old Art Contest Winner from Rural Kentucky
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WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2011) — Limited-edition Valentine’s Day cards designed by children across the country and some of today’s hottest teen celebrities are available now. The Valentine’s Day cards are part of a project spearheaded by actor and Save the Children Artist Ambassador Julianne Moore to raise awareness about the childhood poverty crisis in U.S. and empower kids to help end it.
Cards are available now at http://savethechildren.org/valentines as well as at k2kUSA.org, Save the Children’s new youth advocacy campaign.
The winning cards were selected through an art contest where students in pre-K through 12th grade designed Valentine’s Day cards and submitted them to Save the Children. Select cards were posted online where kids voted for their favorites. The five winning designs are available now in a 24-card-set for a $25 donation to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs.
Celebrity teen artists, including Jordin Sparks, Joey King, Greyson Chance, Corbin Bleu, Jennette McCurdy and Nat and Alex Wolff of the Naked Brothers Band also designed cards that are included in the set. All the youth artists were recruited by Moore.
Moore has acted as the spokesperson for the campaign since it began four years ago.
"There are no better or more credible advocates for kids than kids themselves," said Moore.
Funds from the cards will help the 1 in 5 kids living in poverty in the U.S. through Save the Children’s proven early education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition and disaster response programs, which altogether helped more than 75,000 children last year alone.
The art contest was themed “Uniting a Generation” and was supported by the American Federation of Teachers, which created a set of lesson plans for teachers to help students learn about childhood poverty in the U.S. and values such as loyalty and compassion. http://www.aft.org/yourwork/tools4teachers/vday/contest.cfm
The winning artists represent a diverse range of ages and geography: Trevor C., age 8, of Kentucky; Jonathan P., age 11, of Kentucky; Donlaisa G., age 6, of Mississippi; Tyreek H., age 10, of South Carolina; and Rodolfo A., age 11, of Tennessee. Trevor C., who received the most number of votes, will have an opportunity to meet Julianne Moore in early February. All five winners will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.
About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs
Save the Children’s U.S. Programs works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children by ensuring they have the resources they need – like access to a quality education, healthy foods and opportunities to grow and develop in a nurturing environment. When disasters strike, like hurricanes and wildfires, Save the Children is among the first on the ground ensuring the needs of children are being met.
Save the Children’s early childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutrition, and emergency response programs reached more than 75,000 children in the United States last year alone. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.
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