School, Library, Yoga Center Combine For New Program

Julie Tonnessen, right, assistant director of the Gallery School of Pottstown, presents its check to Mike Packard, executive director of the Pottstown Regional Public Library

POTTSTOWN PA – The non-profit Gallery School of Pottstown has received a grant from Target Corp. for a cooperative program called “Stretch, Read, Create!,” to be held in coming weeks at the Pottstown Regional Public Library.

Parents and children who sign up for the free program will participate in a short yoga session, listen to a story, and then create an art project based on the book.

Erika Hornburg-Cooper, executive director of The Gallery School, 254 High St., Pottstown PA, conceived the program and developed its concept with yoga instructor Barbara Kosciewicz of High Street Yoga and Wellness, Pottstown, and Leslie Stillings of the library, 500 High St., Pottstown. All three will work together to run each class.

As part of the program, the Gallery School earlier this month (Aug. 13, 2011) presented the library with $300 to buy new children’s art books. Its check presentation took place during a recent “Book and Brushes Beef and Beer” joint fund-raising event for the school and library.

The school offers day, evening and weekend arts classes to all ages. Its goal is to help students develop creative skills through self-expression and independence. The accompanying Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists, and also sells hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.

Photo from The Gallery School of Pottstown