Our hearts and hands do connect us all.  We know today is hard for everyone and our hearts are with you!   We have all appreciated the chance to help our neighbors affected by the tornadoes this last year.

-  The Camp Alabama Storm Team

Judy Ault, Organizer

Annette Reynolds, MPS, RN, ATR-BC  Art Therapist

Doreen Duley, M. Div.  Head of Pastoral Care, Children’s Hospital of Alabama

Missy Beaird, M.Ed. LPC – Play therapist, private practice

Mary Ellen Capps, M.Ed. LPC – Trauma Therapist, private practice

Gayle Torres, MPS, ATR-BC, Art Therapist

Wendy Walters, Family Support Coordinator, UAB Health System

Cheryl Lewallen, M.Ed., ALC, NCC – Family and Trauma Therapist, private practice

Dr. Linda Foster, M. Ed., LPC, Counseling Supervisor, National Certified Counselor,

National Certified School Counselor, Assistant Professor Mercer University

 

 

 

Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project – Messages of Hope and Gratitude

 

Join us in making a real difference in these Alabama communities!

Camp Alabama Storm is contributing $1,000 to each school participating in the art line to help in the re-building of the schools and communities.  The Hackleburg Elementary School campus was totally destroyed and Holt Elementary School in Tuscaloosa was severely damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through these towns on April 27, 2011.   Both schools are operating out of temporary facilities at present.  Concord Elementary is building a new school and needs financial support to build a playground.   Any one interested in making a donation to Camp Alabama Storm is encouraged to support these schools with a gift.  Donation information is listed below:

Holt Elementary School (make checks payable to the school)

Attention:  Principal Debbie Crawford

2300 26th Avenue

Northport, AL  35476

 

Hackleburg Elementary School  (make checks payable to the school)

Attention:  Charlotte Howell, School Counselor

541 Nix Road

Hackleburg, AL  35564

 

Concord Elementary School (make checks payable to the school)

Attention:  Principal David Foster

Note on check for playground construction

6015 Warrior River Road

Bessemer, AL  35023

The Magic City Art Connection is happening this weekend (April 27-29) in Linn Park in Downtown Birmingham.  Volunteers from Camp Alabama Storm will be there on Friday and will host a “Helping Hands” workshop for Birmingham students and the public.  If you would like to contribute art to the art line, come by our booth in the Imagination Festival area from 2-4 p.m. April 27.

The Camp Alabama Storm Art Line will be on exhibit all weekend at the Magic City Art Connection.  Come by and see the art and read the messages of gratitude from young storm survivors.  This is a giant letter of thanks from children in Alabama to you for all that you have done to help others.  Our hearts and hands connect us all!

The Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project will include over 200 individual pieces of art by Alabama children who survived the 2011 tornadoes and will be on exhibit the weekend of April 27-29, 2012 in Linn Park at the annual Magic City Art Connection in downtown Birmingham.  THE WEATHER CHANNEL is planning a photo essay with some of the art and messages of gratitude from the Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project during the week of April 27, 2012, to mark the one -year anniversary of the storms in Alabama.

Volunteer experts in children’s emotional wellness are conducting therapeutic art workshops this April with elementary school age students in communities hard hit by the April 27 tornadoes that devastated many areas of Alabama in 2011.   Students from the Alabama communities of Concord, Hackleburg, Tuscaloosa and Greater Birmingham are participating and contributing art work that expresses their feelings in art and honors the gratitude experienced by being helped and in helping others following the storm’s aftermath in this last year.  The theme of the Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project is “Helping Hands Across Alabama – Our Hearts and Hands Connect Us All”.     The Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project will include over 200 individual pieces of art by Alabama children who survived the 2011 tornadoes and will be on exhibit the weekend of April 27-29, 2012 in Linn Park at the annual Magic City Art Connection in downtown Birmingham.  THE WEATHER CHANNEL is planning a photo essay with some of the art and messages of gratitude from the Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project during the week of April 27, 2012, to mark the one -year anniversary of the storms in Alabama.

Children will be encouraged to tell their story around “who helped you this last year and who did you help?” with a focus on looking at the present, “we made it”, “strong hands”, “reaching out to others”.  Each child will have a fabric flag/banner.  We will help to place the child’s handprints on the banner.  Fabric pens, markers and supplies will be used to personalize and tell each child’s story through art.  The art created by each child is then connected together to form an art line – a visual/physical representation of how we are all connected and how the simple act of reaching out with our hands and with our hearts, makes a positive difference and makes life better for all of us.   Plans are to post images of the individual artwork and messages of gratitude made by the children on the Camp Alabama Storm Facebook page during April and May.

Participating schools in Alabama include Concord Elementary School in Concord, Holt Elementary School in Tuscaloosa, and Hackleburg Elementary School in Hackleburg.  Camp Alabama Storm will also host an art workshop at the Magic City Art Connection for Greater Birmingham students participating in the Imagination Festival on Friday, April 27, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The workshop will be open to the public from 2-4 p.m..  Children are invited to come and contribute their art and messages of gratitude to the art line.

Camp Alabama Storm is contributing $1,000 to each school participating in the art line to help in the re-building of the schools and communities.  The Hackleburg Elementary School campus was totally destroyed and Holt Elementary School in Tuscaloosa was severely damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through these towns on April 27, 2011.   Both schools are operating out of temporary facilities at present.  Concord Elementary is building a new school and needs financial support to build a playground.   Any one interested in making a donation to Camp Alabama Storm is encouraged to support these schools with a gift.  Donation information is listed below:

Holt Elementary School (make checks payable to the school)

Attention:  Principal Debbie Crawford

2300 26th Avenue

Northport, AL  35476

 

Hackleburg Elementary School  (make checks payable to the school)

Attention:  Charlotte Howell, School Counselor

541 Nix Road

Hackleburg, AL  35564

 

Concord Elementary School (make checks payable to the school)

Attention:  Principal David Foster

Note on check for playground construction

6015 Warrior River Road

Bessemer, AL  35023

Camp Alabama Storm is the creation of volunteer experts in children’s grief and trauma and is intended to be a fun, safe and supportive environment for children affected by the April 2011 tornados in Alabama. Camp Alabama Storm is made possible by Camp McDowell (our camp’s charitable home) and generous donations from groups and private donors that include: The Birmingham Jewish Federation, Raymond and Kathryn Harbert, Charles and Lisa Miller, Southern Progress Corporation, St. Mary’s On the Highlands Episcopal Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, The Birmingham Zoo and many individual supporters.  The Camp Alabama Storm logo is the creation of children’s book illustrator, Cyd Moore.  Camp Alabama Storm is a community-driven effort, working in partnership with the Alabama Mental Health Commission and Project Rebound as part of Governor Bentley’s long -term community recovery efforts.

In November 2011, volunteer therapists hosted a free weekend healing camp for children ages (8-11) affected by the tornadoes.  The camp session was held at Camp McDowell with 24 children attending from across Alabama.   In order to reach more children affected by the storms, therapists designed a therapeutic art activity to take out to communities in a mini-camp style session for spring 2012 that promotes emotional healing, is supportive and focuses on gratitude for help given and help received in trying times.


The 2012 Camp Alabama Storm Art Line – “Helping Hands Across Alabama”

Our weekend camp in November (2011) was wonderful.  We had 24 adorable children from all across Alabama attend.  Our volunteers were so sharp and the children loved every second being at wonderful Camp McDowell.   With all that said, we wondered how we could reach more children with our efforts for the 2012 spring and take camp out to the communities most affected by the tornadoes.

Thanks to our art therapist, Annette Reynolds, we have an inspired idea for an art activity that can work as a tool for conversation in small groups, as well as a com

munity art activity.   “Helping Hands Across Alabama” is the theme.  Children will be encouraged to tell their story around “who helped you this last year and who did you help?” with a focus on looking at the present, “we made it”, “strong hands”, “reaching out to others”.  Each child will have a fabric flag/banner.  We will help to place the child’s handprints in paint on the banner.  Fabric pens, markers and supplies will be used to personalize and tell each child’s story through art.  The art created by each person is then connected together to form an art line – a visual/physical representation of how we are all connected and how the simple act of reaching out with our hands and with our hearts, makes a positive difference and makes life better for all of us.   With each event we host, the art line will grow….

We are working with Project Rebound to identify three schools who would be interested in participating in the Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project this spring.

Magic City Art Connection April 27-29 - To honor the art of our tornado survivors and in remembrance of the one -year anniversary of the April 27 tornadoes, we will participate in the Magic City Art Connection’s Imagination Festival on Friday, April 27.   1500 students from area schools are expected to attend Imagination Festival workshops throughout the day.  We will host a Camp Alabama Storm Art Line workshop where children can share their helping hands stories.   Each workshop hosts approximately 6-8 classes of  24 student (about 200 students).    The Camp Alabama Storm Art Line will be on exhibit at the Magic City Art Connection throughout the weekend.

A look Back at December 2011…

Thanks to the 300+ employees at Southern Progress Corporation and generous friends here in Birmingham, we were able to provide Christmas presents to all the children who attended Camp Alabama Storm in November, as well as any child living in those 24+ households (note: we had several children who could not make it to camp due to illness/anxiety that we wanted to include in this effort).  In addition to the toy drive, Southern Progress also donated $1,800 to Camp Alabama Storm.  On top of that, The Birmingham Zoo donated generous amounts of tickets to our families. Camp McDowell has generously offered 2012 summer camp scholarships to our Camp Alabama Storm fall camp participants as well.

The 2012 Camp Alabama Storm Art Line – “Helping Hands Across Alabama”

Our weekend camp in November (2011) was wonderful.  We had 24 adorable children from all across Alabama attend.  Our volunteers were so sharp and the children loved every second being at wonderful Camp McDowell.   With all that said, we wondered how we could reach more children with our efforts for the 2012 spring and take camp out to the communities most affected by the tornadoes.

Thanks to our art therapist, Annette Reynolds, we have an inspired idea for an art activity that can work as a tool for conversation in small groups, as well as a community art activity.   “Helping Hands Across Alabama” is the theme.  Children will be encouraged to tell their story around “who helped you this last year and who did you help?” with a focus on looking at the present, “we made it”, “strong hands”, “reaching out to others”.  Each child will have a fabric flag/banner.  We will help to place the child’s handprints in paint on the banner.  Fabric pens, markers and supplies will be used to personalize and tell each child’s story through art.  The art created by each person is then connected together to form an art line – a visual/physical representation of how we are all connected and how the simple act of reaching out with our hands and with our hearts, makes a positive difference and makes life better for all of us.   With each event we host, the art line will grow….

We are working with Project Rebound to identify three schools who would be interested in participating in the Camp Alabama Storm Art Line Project this spring.

Magic City Art Connection April 27-29 – To honor the art of our tornado survivors and in remembrance of the one -year anniversary of the April 27 tornadoes, we will participate in the Magic City Art Connection’s Imagination Festival on Friday, April 27.   1500 students from area schools are expected to attend Imagination Festival workshops throughout the day.  We will host a Camp Alabama Storm Art Line workshop where children can share their helping hands stories.   Each workshop hosts approximately 6-8 classes of  24 student (about 200 students).    The Camp Alabama Storm Art Line will be on exhibit at the Magic City Art Connection throughout the weekend.

A look Back at December 2011…

Thanks to the 300+ employees at Southern Progress Corporation and generous friends here in Birmingham, we were able to provide Christmas presents to all the children who attended Camp Alabama Storm in November, as well as any child living in those 24+ households (note: we had several children who could not make it to camp due to illness/anxiety that we wanted to include in this effort).  In addition to the toy drive, Southern Progress also donated $1,800 to Camp Alabama Storm.  On top of that, The Birmingham Zoo donated generous amounts of tickets to our families. Camp McDowell has generously offered 2012 summer camp scholarships to our Camp Alabama Storm fall camp participants as well.

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