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September 13, 2013

Art therapy activity planned Sunday in Moore

NORMAN — The Individual Artists of Oklahoma, along with local art therapists and The Balanced Life Coaching Services, will host a one-day T-shirt activity from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday for all students affected by the Moore tornado.

Students are invited to attend the art therapy-based activity at the Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard Ave. Participation is free, and all supplies — including T-shirts — will be provided.

Stephanie Carrell, women’s life coach and owner of The Balanced Life Coaching Services, said it is her hope that the activity will help transition students back into the school year and give them an avenue to feel empowered.

“My goal is to provide an additional, no-cost support service to the students so they can cope with this traumatic situation in a beneficial way,” Carrell said. “Children are not always capable of expressing their emotions in words. It will help them to release these emotions creatively, and it is a way to celebrate their strength and courage.”

Students can create their own T-shirts to take home, with the assistance of Oklahoma art therapists and IAO volunteers.

Donations for the project came from all over, including from as far away as St. Louis, as people from around the nation looked for ways to help children affected by the tornadoes.

Carrell, a mother of children who attended Briarwood Elementary, said she got the idea for the project from working on a project for her own sons.

“Originally, I was designing T-shirts for them to have as a reminder of their strength and courage,” she said. “Someone suggested that I let the boys decorate their own shirts as a form of art therapy. That suggestion sparked the idea to include all of the students affected.”

For more information, visit facebook.com/individualartists or call 232-6060.

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