Thursday, March 22, 2007


WHEW!! What a whirlwind of a month this is shaping up to be. Just now I'm finally able to take a few minutes to update you on what's happened this past couple of weeks.

Teen Camp Rainbow was held March 9-11. As you've probably read from the past blog's this camp is for teens 13+ who have had to deal with life threatening illnesses. The theme of this year's camp (and I hope I get this right...sorry Ronnie if I didnt - correct me please...) was "Experiencing Joy and Life thru the Arts". As you may have guessed, this was the perfect opportunity for 45 St. Louis area teens to experience the "Joy of Art". The program began with an explanation of how Bottles of Hope began and a few tips on how to make this a fun experience for them. I stressed that the most important thing was to have fun and just let their creativity flow. Each teen also received their own bottle to keep from those that were received during AMACO's Bottles of Clay Designer Challenge. I wish you could have been there to see first hand the look on their faces when they opened their packages.....Faces were speechless...mouths dropped open and a few said..."WHOA - This is so cool!". I was very touched at the appreciation these teens reflected for this gift! Ronnie Brockman, founder of Camp Rainbow stressed the importance of each of them "giving forward" meaning it's important to give without expectation of getting anything in return. This phrase was reinforced throught the evening and weekend.

Fimo polymer clay and other supplies were donated by AMACO. Each teen received two blocks of clay in their favorite colors. I supplied a variety of miscellaneous supplies like rubberstamps and molds to help them with their creativity, gave them a few tips on how to cover their jars and set them free.... I was especially amazed to see the boys really get into this. Even the staff jumped in as well. All in all it was a fanstastic experience for all involved and Im sure the bottle each of them received will be a wonderful keepsake and memory to cherish for years to come.. Enjoy the pictures!!

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