Release Date: April 16,2020

Akron Children’s Museum Asks for Community Support with Postcards to Local Grocery Stores

Write a brief note or poem, record a 30-second video, or draw an inspirational picture and email it to akronkidsmuseum@gmail.com to brighten the days of essential workers and customers visiting one of the 16 Acme Fresh Market stores.

Akron, OH (April 16, 2020) - Akron Children’s Museum is celebrating its grocery partner and boosting morale by inviting community members to join them in sending thank-you notes to associates, front line workers, and customers at local Acme Fresh Markets during April, National Poetry Month.

“Acme Fresh Market is a strong supporter of the Museum. They sponsor our Birthday Party Club and the Down On The Farm Exhibit, which teaches the farm to table concept to children,” said executive director Traci Buckner. “Now, more than ever, we’re thrilled to show them we’re in this together. We want them to know how much we and the entire community appreciate their service.”

Children of all ages (and adults, too!) are being asked to help boost morale of those working the frontlines in our grocery stores by writing a brief note or poem, recording a 30-second video, or drawing an inspirational picture to help brighten the day of those working at or visiting one of the 16 Acme Fresh Market stores. 

“We believe in the values of Akron Children's Museum and its space that gives young children an interactive experience with science, technology, health, and the arts," states Katie Schwartz, Acme’s director of marketing. "Because of our shared beliefs, we've been proud supporters since its beginning. The way its team is creatively supporting our Acme Fresh Market family shows their heart and their innovation. Thank you, all!" 

Messages should be just a few sentences and written on a piece of paper (about 1/4 of a full sheet of paper). Parents of children who are too young to write may feel free to let their child tell them what they appreciate about the workers at Acme and write the message for them. 

Then, simply snap a photo of your message and email it to akronkidsmuseum@gmail.com. The Akron Children’s Museum will place the community notes on the back of custom, student-designed postcards.

The Akron Children’s Museum Art Educator Jen Davis of smART Studio facilitated art workshops with visitors at the museum and students at Emmanuel Christian Academy during the Youth Entrepreneurship Studio (Y.E.S.) project held last November.

During the experience (made possible thanks to support from Apple Growth Partners), children learned entrepreneurial, financial responsibility, and decision-making skills and hoped to be one of the participants whose artwork is selected to be sold in the Monster Shop at the museum.  

Of the students who participated, five student designs were selected to be highlighted during the month of April.

The community messages will be added to the Y.E.S. project postcards—printed at no cost—thanks to the partnership of Print2Promte in Akron, OH. Then the postcards will be delivered to the Acme Fresh Market associates where they can post them and enjoy reading how much they are appreciated by the community. 

"Our team has been providing print and marketing solutions for our community over many years," states Tom Lovick, CEO of Print2Promote. "We're thrilled to be able to support the Akron Children's Museum during this pandemic and are grateful to be part of the light this community will shine on the frontline workers at Acme Fresh Markets."  

All ages are encouraged to spread the joy of caring by posting pictures of themselves or their children writing the messages or recording 30-second videos on social media using the hashtag #postcardsforthepeople and tag @akronmuseum on Twitter, @akron_childrens_museum on Instagram, and @akronchildrensmuseum on Facebook. 

Plus, the first ten participants to submit messages will receive a pack of these unique notecards designed by children.