Capper Foundation Receives Avril Lavigne Grant

Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM by User


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A popular singer will help some local children with disabilities truly rock.

Topeka's Easter Seals Capper Foundation learned Friday it's one of the first four grant recipients from the newly created Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club. It's a collaboration with the national Easter Seals organization to support recreational programs for children with disabilities.

Capper will use its grant for an art therapy camp. The first are planned for this fall. They'll take place for three hours on a Saturday and be staffed by Emporia State Univerity art therapy students and a licensed art therapist. Children will explore their individual creative skills and develop social skills.

“Some children with disabilities require round-the-clock supervision; this camp will provide a fun morning of learning and creating for these young Rock Stars, it will also provide a brief respite for their parents as well," Easter Seals Capper Foundation CEO Jim Leiker said. "We are excited to be one of four national affiliates selected to partner with Avril Lavigne, her foundation and Easter Seals – it speaks highly of our organization, Topeka, and the northeast Kansas community. Avril Lavigne, a young, talented artist, actively demonstrates her passion about sharing a message of inclusion - that kids and young people with disabilities want to laugh, have fun with their friends, and just fit in – like all of us!”

Other grant recipients are in Youngstown, Ohio; Boston, M assachusetts; and Glendale, California.

For more information about the ARTSTAR camp at Easter Seals Capper Foundation, call 785-272-4060 or visit or

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