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Laurel's Montpelier Elementary School wins Crayola-funded creativity grant

Montpelier is one of only about 20 schools in the U.S. to win the $1,000 worth of art supplies and $2,500 grant. (ABC7)

The sign outside Montpelier Elementary School shares the story. It reads, "CRAYOLA GRANT WINNER."

Five-year-old Valesius Sumner is one of the students benefiting from the school's new designation. "We have crayons and pencils and markers," he said.

The art supplies were provided by the Champion Creatively Alive Children grant.

"We were scrounging around for art materials and asking people to donate and I was like, 'If we get the grant, look at how much comes with it,'" Principal Carla Furlow said.

Montpelier is one of only about 20 schools in the U.S. to win the $1,000 worth of art supplies and $2,500 grant. The latter will primarily be dedicated to professional development for teachers.

Art teacher Ruby Decker applied for the Crayola-funded grant, which partners with the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Decker said the donation helps support an arts integration program already in place and creates a connection with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

"They're going to bring staff to the school and train teachers on how to use the visual arts with their writing and their math," Decker said.

Said Furlow, "Every grade level benefited from the supplies and then every grade level is able to send someone to Crayola trainings throughout the year."

Part of the grant money will also be used to take third grade students at Montpelier to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Northwest D.C.

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