February 13, 2016
The SpringHill Suites by Marriott at 20303 Chasewood Park Drive donated a rolling art kit to Bleyl Middle School on Feb. 10 through its SaveArt! program.
Feb. 13, 2016—Representatives from the SpringHill Suites by Marriott’s Chasewood Park location visited Bleyl Middle School on Feb. 10 to donate art supplies to the neighboring campus.
SpringHill Suites, recognizing the importance of art education in promoting students’ self-esteem and confidence while aiding in social and academic development, launched the SaveArt! program in 2013. The Marriott brand regularly gives back to schools through the effort by using proceeds of sales to purchase art supplies.
General Manager Nicholas Albers and other SpringHill Suites staff arrived at Bleyl with a rolling art kit featuring paint swatches donated by Behr, paper, colored pencils, Sharpie markers, Elmer’s glue and other supplies for the school’s art teachers.
“It’s kind of like an art project in a basket on the go,” Albers said. “Bleyl is the closest school to us, and knowing that this program was here and that we are passionate about art education as well, it seemed like the perfect match for us.”
Representatives from SpringHill Suites by Marriott and CFISD celebrate the hotel’s art supply donations to Bleyl Middle School on Feb. 10. Pictured, from left, are Olga Maciques, SpringHill Suites by Marriott director of sales; Nicholas Albers, SpringHill Suites by Marriott general manager; Kathleen Cotton-Windham, Bleyl art teacher; Leslie Francis, CFISD director of marketing and business relations; Samdria Stewart, Bleyl academic achievement specialist; Colette Maxwell, Bleyl director of instruction; and Matt Ebner, Bleyl assistant principal.
Albers said the supplies were a result of the hotel’s fundraising efforts from August through September 2015, which generated approximately $500 worth of supplies.
“We just opened last May, so we have a lot more plans for this year, including coinciding with Chamber of Commerce events and longer fundraising efforts,” Albers said. “We are pleased that this worked out really well.”