Efforts are underway to open the Galveston Children's Museum at Moody Mansion this summer!
To help launch the museum, Mary Moody Northen Endowment is providing space at Moody Mansion. SMART Family Literacy, which has delivered engaging education programs for area children, parents and educators for nine years, will expand these programs through the Galveston Children's Museum.
Local educators, parents,
community leaders, citizens and civic,
business and charitable organizations are invited to
attend a reception and information session on Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. at Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, Galveston Island. about the plans for a place in Galveston "where learning is kids' play".
- Meet the people who are planning the museum
Explore activities and exhibits being considered for the Children’s Museum
- Discuss your ideas and volunteer your talents
- View the unveiling of the museum's logo
- Contribute financial support for start-up expenses
Please come, and share the reality.
You are invited to a sneak peek of the place in Galveston "where learning is kids' play".
March 9, the Board of Directors SMART Family Literacy approved the immediate formation of a Museum Committee for the following purposes:
- To explore the feasibility of creating and sustaining a Galveston Children’s Museum
- To advise the Board of SMART Family Literacy and other concerned members of the
community as to the best way to proceed legally and financially
- To engage a broad spectrum of the community in the project; to encourage leaders for a children’s museum to emerge and develop from the work of the Museum Committee
- To develop plans for the museum, as determined necessary by the volunteer
Committee, such as: strategic plan, business plan, timeline, exhibit designs, marketing and fundraising calendars, educational program and exhibit evaluation, staffing structures, website and social media content.
The Board also approved the active recruitment for three new full members of the Board of Directors of SMART Family Literacy by May of 2013 willing to serve on the Museum Committee.
To facilitate the financial aspects of creating and sustaining the Galveston Children's Museum, the Board also approved to allow donations for the museum to be accepted by SMART Family Literacy’s 501(c)(3)
structure, pending guidance by an attorney.
Janese Maricelli was honored as the 2012 SMART Volunteer of the Year on Saturday! The celebration was combined with an environmental education event, dubbed the "Messy Valentine Workshop", where amateur and professional artists enjoyed fish printing, book arts, and Valentine card creation. A Silpada sterling silver jewelry party added some bling to the fun!
"Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh debuted with SMART audiences last month and has quickly climbed to star status! Visit our Book of the Month page (see left sidebar) https://sites.google.com/site/smartfamilyliteracy2/book-of-the-month.
Hooray! SMART Family Literacy has been chosen as a beneficiary of the 2013 Yaga's Children's Fundraiser. Visit http://www.yagaschildrensfund.org/ to learn about the fundraiser on May 10, 2013.
Here's a chance to create a customized Valentine gift for your sweetheart while you're having fun and supporting a good cause. On February 2nd from 8:30 to 11 am, you can learn a few artsy things about fish printing, book art, and paper recycling. To register, contact Liz Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honor and persistence are the qualities that make Horton, the elephant, a wonderful character in this classic Dr. Seuss book. Back when we started SMART Parties in the living room, Horton was one of the favorites for acting out the parts with simple props. To see the full review, go to the left sidebar "Book of the Month" or visit: https://sites.google.com/site/smartfamilyliteracy2/book-of-the-month.
Today is a great day to donate to SMART Family Literacy! Whether you give a little or a lot, you can make a positive difference. With every $2, we can buy a book for a child. Right now, the Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Methodist Church will match your donation for books up to $5,000! Help us reach the $5,000 goal, by sending a check to: SMART Family Literacy, P.O. Box 2445, Galveston, TX 77553. Make checks payable to: SMART Family Literacy, Inc.
7,431 books were given by SMART Family Literacy in 2012! For the complete score and to learn more "About SMART", go to http://www.smartfamilyliteracy.org/about-smart.
We gave 1,210 books to children in September! Children and families at Odyssey Academy, Parker Elementary, L.A. Morgan, KIPP Coastal Village, and Weiss ECU participated in our reading programs and received wonderful books. In October, we will add Ambassador's Preparatory Academy to our partners!