The Norman Transcript

September 22, 2013

Children’s CROPsidewalk art contest to help fight hunger, teach compassion

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Cleveland County CROP Walk to Stop Hunger will host a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest for Kids & Families on Sept. 28 outside the Performing Arts Studio at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. in Norman.

Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and the contest is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Butcher paper rolls will be provided for indoor “sidewalks” in case of rain. The event also will feature African drumming and storytelling by Norman artist Jahruba Lambeth.

“Helping The Hungry — Making A Difference” is the theme for the art contest. Children will be grouped by age, with a separate category for family entries.

Professional artists will be on hand to offer guidance and serve as judges. Chalk and refreshments will be provided; participants may bring their own chalk, as well. The entry fee for the contest is a donation of peanut butter or tuna, which will be distributed to food pantries throughout Cleveland County.

“The contest helps raise awareness about the impact of hunger and poverty on families. Most importantly, it teaches children to use art and creativity to bring positive change to their world,” said Ed Kearns, the event’s director.

Among prize donors are the Firehouse Art Center, Sooner Theatre, Cimarron Opera, Sandalwood & Sage, Norman Music Institute and Sonder Music. Each child will receive a certificate for participating.

A moms-only prize drawing will be done for a complimentary massage from GR8 Massage and hair products from Cutz Hair Salon.

“We’ve had so many local arts organizations and artists donate prizes and their talent. The Performing Arts Studio and the city of Norman have also lent support,” Kearns said. “It’s very moving to see how Norman’s arts community comes together each year to help the CROP Walk fight hunger and poverty.”

The Cleveland County CROP Walk will take place Oct. 6, with a 1:30 p.m. registration and a 2 p.m. step off. The three-mile, 45-minute walk-a-thon begins and ends at Norman’s Food and Shelter, 104 W. Comanche St.

A quarter of the proceeds raised will be donated to Food and Shelter, which has provided emergency housing to homeless families and meals to the hungry for more than 20 years.

The remaining funds help support hunger-fighting, disaster relief and development projects of the Church World Service across America and in more than 80 countries. Peanut butter and tuna also will be collected on the walk day to support food pantries countywide.

Pre-walk activities will include performances by a contingent of the Pride of Oklahoma and the Manyawi Children’s World Music Ensemble, plus face painting for kids.

The event will culminate with a hot dog cookout featuring dance music by DJ Adrian Buendia. Rest stations along the route will offer water for participants as well as water and treats for leashed dogs.

“The CROP Walk is a fun family time where lessons in caring are learned,” chairwoman Karen Buntin said. “It’s a great feeling to walk with your family and friends, knowing that together you are doing something to alleviate hunger and poverty around the world and right here in our own backyard.”

For information call, Kearns at 443-9627 or visit the walk website, clevelandcountycropwalk.org.