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Press Release – June 1, 2014

WorldCause Foundation Provides Grant to Coral Springs Museum of Art's Kaleidoscope ArtReach Program

WorldCause Foundation Provides Grant to Coral Springs Museum of Art's Kaleidoscope ArtReach Program

Following the great success of the first CSMART Kaleidoscope Program, WorldCause Foundation is pleased to provide another grant which will help fund this program for a second time this upcoming fall.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 139 children are on the autism spectrum in South Florida. Additionally, the prevalence among boys is 1 in 88. Although the numbers are alarming, both WorldCause and the Coral Springs Museum of Art recognize the opportunity and importance of this educational art program which will help autistic students improve on social and behavioral skills.

The second installment of this program will begin on the first week of October 2014 and will continue up to November 14th. There will be two sessions on Thursday with 10 children in each.

Additionally, there will also be an hour and a half Saturday morning course for 10 children. This particular course is offered for children who have parents that can't commute to the museum during the work week.

The previous Kaleidoscope Program was successful in creating a lasting positive impression on the students. Not only did it help Autistic students develop social skills and learn to work with each other, but a few students who were non communicative at the beginning of the course were actually expressing themselves and communicating by the end. When you create a program this is always the desired outcome.

In all, 30 children will benefit from the second installment of this program, which are 10 more than the previous initial program. Additionally, Power2Give has pledged to match WorldCause Foundation's donation of $1,500.00 to increase the total pledge to $3,000.00.

WorldCause Foundation plans to visit the class this upcoming fall and will provide photos and testimonials in a follow up story. For more information on the first program please check our news and press section, and www.CoralSpringsMuseum.org.

We would like to thank the directors of CSMART, the art teachers and the students who will benefit greatly from this unique program.