The Present Moment

“Wherever you are, be there totally.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Dear Friends and Families,

We have exciting news on two fronts. On May 8, 2018 LEAPS of IMAGINATION received its official non-profit 501c3 status, reminding us that each moment is to be celebrated! What does this mean for us? Adding to our committed group of Advisory Board members, we are developing a Board of Trustees. Each new member will bring valuable skills and expertise to our shared “idea bank,” while helping LEAPS expand its networks. We will no longer pay taxes, making it possible for all the monies we raise to go directly into the programs we provide. Gifts to LEAPS are now tax-deductible. This incentivizes our donors and enables us to reach more children and design new projects with a wider assortment of experiences and materials. We are thrilled!

We’ve received a generous contribution from the Knox County Fund and the Andrew Heiskell Literacy Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to help finance our 2019 programs in Thomaston, Maine. These grants help support children’s literacy and creative thinking, central to our work in classrooms. Kids are passionate about their journals, recording their ideas and responding to questions posed. Each day after students return to their daily classroom routine, artists respond to children’s entries, offering positive feedback and comments that kids seem to relish. We couldn’t be more grateful for these awards.

Our children are tuned into every moment of their two-hour days at LEAPS. They push their thinking deeper. They gather new information. They connect and synthesize their learnings into one all-encompassing whole.
When kids are in the “present moment” they delight in every endeavor and learn from everyone around them. On the final day of our collaborative Cushing program this spring, we asked children to reflect on what LEAPS taught them. Here’s a sample of what they wrote:
“I can be imaginative even though it might be crazy.”     
” I can do anything I set my mind to.” 
“I can be anyone and anything.”                                  
“You can be free.”   
“I can work independently.”                                           
“I can always believe in myself.”                                      
“I am really good at art, and I like writing.” 
“I can make new pieces of art that I never thought.”       
My inner self is art.”
“I can do more than meets the eye.”                               
“I can imagine.” 
Art isn’t always perfect.”                                                
“Art is art, no matter how it looks!”
“I’m a hard worker.”
“Teamwork makes a BIG difference!”
“I’m a great drawer and artist.”
“I like thinking about art.”
“Animals are important, and I can take care of them.” 
“I have more to explore in the world”
“You learn something every day.” 
If you’d like a chance to be “in the moment” and view second and fourth graders’ artwork and journals, join us for the Cushing Community School/Cushing Public Library/ LEAPS of IMAGINATION opening reception at Cushing’s Arts in the Barn on Friday, June 1 from 6-7pm. Refreshments will be served. Artwork created at Langlais Sculpture Preserve will be on exhibit all weekend.
We invite school children to sign up for LANGLAIS LEAPS’ summer camp. It runs from 9-12 each day for 6 weeks at the Sculpture Preserve beginning June 18th. Scholarships are readily available.
Enjoy this long Memorial Day weekend.  With enthusiasm, Nancy Harris Frohlich
“Who you are cannot be defined through thinking or mental labels or definitions, because it’s beyond that. It is the very sense of being, or presence, that is there when you become conscious of the present moment. In essence, you and what we call the present moment are, at the deepest level, one.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
 

3 thoughts on “The Present Moment

  1. We are incredibly proud of how deep these children were willing to dive. As researchers, observers of nature and art, and through partnerships, they pushed themselves beyond their own expectations.

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