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Stone Soup's Advisors: Abby Austin, Mike Axelrod, Annabelle Baird, Jem Burch, Evelyn Chen, Juliet Fraser, Zoe Hall, Montanna Harling, Alicia and Joe Havilland, Lara Katz, Rebecca Kilroy, Christine Leishman, Julie Minnis, Jessica Opolko, Denise Prata, Logan Roberts, Emily Tarco, Rebecca Ramos Velasquez, and Susan Wilky.
A Note from Editor William Rubel
As I mentioned in last week's newsletter, we are moving our website to a faster and more secure server. This is a boring detail that I wouldn't normally repeat except that the changeover seems to be taking place as I write this and for some reason the change has taken the site offline. Thus, I cannot link to anything at StoneSoup.com.
As I am about to leave for the reunion of Stone Soup founders being hosted by the Provost of Porter College, University of California, Santa Cruz, about all I can do today is post this painting of skiing that we collected in the 1970s. This is by a Swiss child, who was 10 at the time.
It never snows where I live. My daughter and I have to drive to the Sierras for snow. We didn't get there this year. But if you did go to the snow, or if there is snow where you live, or if you are going to go for one last winter adventure, please make a drawing or painting for Stone Soup.
What I want you to note about the painting I have included here is how the artist has used the entire page for the image. There is no white space. There is the snow-covered mountain, the rows of skiers and sledders, and the sky in the background. Lots of energy. A fantastic sense of a crowded gorgeous blue day on the ski slopes. Create an image that is filled with energy. That gives a sense of movement, whether that is by ski, sled, snowboard, or just rolling down a snowy hillside. We'd love to see what you make.
Send us your work
The school year is coming to a close. Please think back on what you have created this school year and send us your best work. When you go to our submission page (which I hope will be working when you click on the link) you will see that in addition to stories, poems, and book reviews, we also accept music, dance, photographs, art, movies, and reviews of video games, TV shows, and movies.
Please choose your best work and send it to us. Thank you.
My Amazon purchases through the smile program have now accumulated 89 cents for Stone Soup. Its a tiny amount on its own, but, like Stone Soup, the more who chip in the richer the pot will become. Amazon reports in May, so I will soon be able to let you know what we have collectively raised.
All you have to do to effortlessly raise money for Stone Soup is go to the Amazon Smile portal. You will be asked to choose the charity you'd like to support. Once you have chosen, .5% of all your purchases will go to the charitable organization. You can change your designation at any time. Find us by searching on "Children's Art Foundation - Stone Soup."
It takes a little retraining to switch to smile.amazon.com as one's default Amazon URL, but once you do then every time you buy something from Amazon you help us out.