Chagrin Falls Schools
VAC is proud to partner with Chagrin Schools!
- We provide volunteer opportunities for students at events such as the Holiday Workshop and Art by the Falls, as well as office, gallery, and teacher assistant work.
- Chagrin business students helped plan and market the first annual Arts Hop with Valley Art Center and area businesses and organizations.
- VAC has partnered with Chagrin Schools to bring special needs classes to the VAC campus. By providing this opportunity, VAC has helped build creative self-expression, artistic skills, social interactions and self-esteem for students to whom these skills are critical.
Savon D'Espoir—"Hope Soap"
French students at Chagrin Falls Middle School made soap and the experience had far-reaching impact on students 1600 miles away in Haiti. The middle-schoolers and their teacher partnered with Valley Art Center instructor David Shankland to provide supplies to the art school he opened in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas.
Rather than simply donating money, they decided they would sell a hand-made product to raise money to purchase paint brushes. A fundraising plan was needed and the students decided to manufacture bars of soap in 3 light aromas—citrus, lavender and peppermint. They also created a business name: Savon D'Espoir, translated as "Hope Soap" and they designed a logo to go with it. The students used the school's recently acquired 3D printer to design soap molds.
The class and their teacher then made an arrangement with the Valley Art Center Gift shop to display and sell their unique product. Customers had the opportunity to purchase the soaps for $5 a bar. 100% of the profits went toward the purchase of paint brushes and other needed art supplies.
"Wash your hands with soap, fill their hearts with hope."
Classes for Chagrin Schools students at VAC
In Summer session of 2016, VAC instructor Kate Oulton taught special needs art classes at the center in collaboration with Chagrin Schools. By providing this opportunity, VAC has helped build creative self-expression, artistic skills, social interactions and self-esteem for students to whom these skills are critical.