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Transforming Vacant Land Into a Community Garden

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In fall 2018, Crayola Canada entered a land use agreement with the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes to turn the unused land into a project that benefits the community.

Enhancing Family Friendly Spaces

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Two of Hallmark’s suppliers in Dongguan, China — QP and Golden Cup — participate in the Family Friendly Spaces (FFS) program, facilitated by the International Council of Toy Industries Ethical Toy Program. This initiative operates educational summer camp programs for the children of factory employees in a safe space at the factory. It provides a way for families to be together during the summer months, since they are often separated when parents work in large cities and children stay in their home villages to attend school.

Rewarding Creative Leadership in Schools Through Crayola Program

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In 2018, Crayola partnered with the National Association of Elementary School Principals to present its ninth annual grant awards program, Champion Creatively Alive Children. Each year, the program awards 20 elementary and middle schools from across the country with $2,500 and an additional $1,000 in Crayola products to fund innovative initiatives to increase art-infused education school-wide.

Presenting a Stage for Children to Thrive at Crown Center

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Forty years in the making, the Coterie Theatre at Crown Center continues to expand and foster childhood creativity in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 

Since its start in 1979, it has given 13,000 performances and served more than 2.2 million youth with live theater and educational programs. Founders Judith Yeckel and Vicky Lee, two graduate theater students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, began the organization with the intention of empowering children from all walks of life. 

Hallmark Leader Profiles | Q & A With Michelle Vicary About Promoting Diversity and an Inclusive Workforce

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Michelle Vicary Executive Vice President of Programming, Crown Media Family Networks

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women in Cable • Launched three new movie franchises: “Emma Fielding Mysteries,” starring Courtney Thorne-Smith; “Darrow & Darrow,” starring Kimberly Williams; and “Fixer Upper Mysteries,” starring Jewel.

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Michelle Vicary Executive Vice President of Programming, Crown Media Family Networks

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women in Cable • Launched three new movie franchises: “Emma Fielding Mysteries,” starring Courtney Thorne-Smith; “Darrow & Darrow,” starring Kimberly Williams; and “Fixer Upper Mysteries,” starring Jewel.

Greater Cast Diversity Appearing in Hallmark Movies

This season, Hallmark presented a diverse cast for its popular holiday films
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This year, Hallmark featured a largely African-American cast for its coveted Hallmark Hall of Fame premiere, “Christmas Everlasting.” The plot follows the premise that makes all Hallmark movies so successful—a beautiful woman returns home at the holidays and finds love when she least expects it. In this case, the woman is Tatyana Ali, best known for starring in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and a strong supporting cast including singer, actress, and entrepreneur Patti La Belle and Dennis Haysbert (“24,” Allstate Insurance commercials).

Quincy Girl Scouts Troops Recycle, Earn Bronze Award

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QUINCY — Two Quincy Girl Scouts troops have been working on their Bronze Award, completing their Girls Scouts Journey; making a “Take Action” plan, and executing the project. Their project, which must offer a lasting impact on their community, deals with recycling and minimizing their carbon footprint.

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