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February 2, 2013

Schack Preschool Book Travels to Dominican Republic

Children in the Dominican Republic are enjoying new books created through the Schack Art Center's Art Alternatives program for incarcerated youth at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett.

Schack Art Center provided copies of two different preschool books created through the Art Alternatives program to Everett Community College (EvCC) nursing students who traveled to the Dominican Republic's capital, Santo Domingo in December 2012 to help provide medical care in underserved areas. The EvCC students distributed the books to classes they visited while providing healthcare education.

Since 2003, youth in the Schack's Art Alternatives program have written and illustrated five preschool books, focusing on animals and sea life worldwide; and, the three most recent books include Spanish translations. Thousands of these books have been distributed to Puget Sound community organizations working with children.

"The teacher (in Santo Domingo), Stephen, rejoiced when he received the books from us," shared Victoria Hall, one of the EvCC nursing students who participated in the trip. She "hopes that the young people who created the books will benefit from seeing how their art is helping young people in the Caribbean to learn English and improve their Spanish as well."


About the Art Alternatives Program

Since 1993, the Schack Art Center has partnered with Denney Juvenile Justice Center and the Everett School District to offer weekly art classes to incarcerated youth. Classes expanded in 2006 to include the PASS Project (Program Alternative to Secured Sentencing) and now serves as many as 1,400 youths each year. More information is available at

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