Linda Beal, Kids Five and Over

Linda has been a dedicated public school teacher for 28 years.  Many times she has seen passionate children with special artistic gifts and talents, but whose families do not have the financial means to help nurture those talents.  Linda, together with a group of friends, decided to raise money to give to local children for dance, music and art lessons.  They named their effort, “Kids Five and Over” and have already raised money and enlisted support from local service organizations and volunteers.  Kids Five and Over aims to support children who have special gifts and talents but who do not have the financial means to nurture those talents. Through opportunities for training and education within their area(s) of strength, these children might also meet mentors who can positively influence their lives.  Their tagline is “Ignite the Spark Within.”

GRANT AWARD DATE:  JUNE 4, 2013