Bloomfield Elementary School in Skowhegan is one of 20 elementary and middle schools from across the nation who has been selected by Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals to receive a “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school grant. The grants received will fund innovative programs aimed at fostering children’s critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills.

The school’s Creative Leadership Team, which wrote the grant, includes the art, music and ELL teachers, as well as grade level representatives, the principal and technology center director. They have a three-year plan for building teachers’ creative capacity and supporting classroom teachers as they embrace art-integration school-wide. Their goals are to make an environment of inquiry and art-integration the norm.

Bloomfield Elementary School received a $2,500 monetary grant and $1,000 worth of Crayola products. Jean Pillsbury, the school’s principal, will share outcomes from their program via NAESP’s website and a special Principal Magazine Supplement to help other principals develop promising practices related to arts education.

To view the complete list of the 20 Champion Creatively Alive Children grant recipients, visit

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