Child Creativity Lab Opens Reusable Materials Resource for Orange County
THE DEPOT FOR CREATIVE REUSE CATERS TO EDUCATORS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, THE ARTIST COMMUNITY, AND FAMILIES
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (September 14, 2015) – On Monday, September 14, the Child Creativity Lab opened the doors to its Depot for Creative Reuse, a reusable materials resource for teachers, afterschool programs, community organizations, artists and families.
Located at 1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, Suite 906 in Santa Ana, California, the non-profit organization’s newest program is filled with reclaimed and reusable materials procured from businesses and individuals in and around Orange County – materials that would otherwise fill our precious landfills. Materials include unique and clean manufacturing scraps, a variety of colorful fabrics and textiles, paper goods, decorations, coffee bean burlap sacks, school supplies, picture frame moldings, and many other items that can be repurposed for educational projects, arts and craft supplies, home décor and DIY needs. Because of the organization’s focus on hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the Depot for Creative Reuse also provides pre-packaged STEM-Based Challenge Kits that support the continued engagement and enrichment of STEM fields in our youth.
Through grants and fundraising contributions, the Child Creativity Lab offers a limited number of Materials Scholarships to distribute these materials free of charge to educators, afterschool providers, and other community programs serving underprivileged children. Materials can also be accessed through the Depot for Creative Reuse’s membership program. “Providing this resource to our local education sector meets a considerable unmet need,” said Peter Chang, Executive Director of the Child Creativity Lab. “According to a recent study summarized in Forbes magazine, teachers are spending significant amounts from their own pockets – over $500 per year per teacher – in order to provide supplies and instructional materials for their classroom every year. The Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse helps to alleviate some of that financial burden while assuring creativity in the classroom isn’t compromised.”
While surrounding counties have had the luxury of reusable materials centers for their communities, Orange County has been lacking. Jenn Kinkel, President of the Orange County Chapter of the California School-Age Consortium, has had to drive to Gardena in Los Angeles County to Trash 4 Teachers to get her inexpensive educational supplies over the years. "The beauty in a local resource such as the Depot for Creative Reuse is that it will undoubtedly serve as a multifaceted tool for teachers, for families and for the community,” emphasized by Ms. Kinkel. “While visitors will utilize the ‘loose parts’ that are meant to develop creativity and critical thinking skills, an equally compelling side benefit is that these materials that would otherwise be discarded will be given a new life."
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL-AGE CONSORTIUM
Since 1982, the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) has worked to support and advance the out-of-school time field by connecting professionals, enhancing competency, and building community. CalSAC offers a variety of resources to help support out-of-school time programs, including free and low-cost trainings through their statewide Trainer Network. These trainings include, but are not limited to: STEM, Bullying Prevention, Behavior Guidance, English Learner, Behavior Guidance, etc.
ABOUT THE CHILD CREATIVITY LAB
The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to nurture the creative mindset of our children in the headwinds of the busy lifestyles of working parents, the consuming technology culture of our youth, and standardized testing for purposes of enhancing problem solving, critical thinking, divergent thinking, and ability to innovate. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization offers STEM-based educational programs that focus on creativity-enhancing stimulation and inspiration in alignment and in support of overarching California State Department of Education initiatives for pre-Kindergarten through 8th graders.
The Child Creativity Lab is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For general information, visit www.childcreativitylab.org.