According to Big Thought President/CEO Gigi Antoni,
“This year, Big Thought celebrated 25 years of making Dallas a place where creative learning isn’t a privilege for a few, but a reality for thousands. We believe that creativity is a fundamental right for all students because its power to help students succeed in school and in life is simply undeniable.
“Our mission is simple: to make imagination a part of everyday learning. To do this, Big Thought develops programs to address academic achievement and youth development by connecting classroom objectives with arts, culture and creative learning. Through creative learning, test scores and confidence soar along with motivation and a desire to learn.
“When students have opportunities to express, the shyest can find the voice to speak up in class and the most reserved can learn how to be a team player. Children in our programs show an extraordinary capacity to confound all expectations both as students and as humans when given the right tools and encouragement.
“Your generous gift to Big Thought will help us serve more than 100,000 Dallas children, families and teachers each year.
“Donating to Big Thought is an investment worth making. Did you know…
- “85 percent of children and youth attending Thriving Minds after-school and 97 percent of those attending the Thriving Minds summer camp are economically disadvantaged.
- “Fourth and fifth grade students who attended Thriving Minds Summer Camp made higher grades in the first six weeks of the 2010-11 school year then they did in 2009 in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
- “The drop-out rate among 8th-10th graders with high-arts involvements is 45 percent
lower than the rate for low-arts students.
- “Highly creative youth are successful–they have more consistent school attendance,
higher academic achievement and may be primed for leadership and community involvement.
“To learn more about Big Thought please visit bigthought.org.”
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