Rockwall Art League provides lessons to individuals with special needs through ArtReach mail program

ROCKWALL, TX – December 7, 2020 —Even during a pandemic, the Rockwall Art League is finding innovative ways to bring the benefits of art to those with developmental disabilities through a new mail program.

Due to COVID-19, students of the Rockwall Art League ArtReach’s MHMR program have been unable to attend classes. So RAL ArtReach Director Donna Schoolcraft came up with the idea to send all the supplies they’ll need in fun mail packages. The packages include sketch pads with art supplies and lesson plans for each student participating in the program. With the help of the Rockwall Women’s League, ArtReach has been able to provide mail packages to students on two separate occasions this fall.

The MHMR program was started back in 2012 and features weekly art lessons at the MHMR Regional Lakes Center in Royse City for the mentally, emotionally and physically challenged. The project began with 10 students (adults 22-55). Now, in a new facility on Airport Road in Rockwall, there are approximately 25 students receiving art services the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

“The parents have said the program is a huge success and they are very thankful. We are extremely thankful to Rockwall Women’s League for their support,” RAL released in a statement.

Blue Ribbon News staff report. Courtesy photo.

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