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Local Business Owner Helping Keep Art Alive in Naches Valley

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NACHES, Wash.-- A local business is helping a Yakima Valley school keep its art program. The Naches Community Art Program just got started this year, but already has a lot of support from the community.

Liberty Bottle Works, based in Union Gap, stepped up to fund most of the art program at Naches Valley Intermediate School.

And while they do provide a good amount of financial support, what's even better is that one of the company's co-owners is actually the lead art teacher, volunteering a lot of her time.

"You get to explain your creativity and all the stuff that you're feeling, and you get to put it on paper," said 4th grader Sydney Wells.

A simple explanation from Sydney Wells of the power of art. She's just one of many 3rd and 4th grade students at Naches Valley Intermediate School who take part in the program.

"My favorite was probably the blue dog. You got to like draw a dog and like design it and stuff. And like put colors and stuff on it," said 4th grader Alex Bost.

Wrapping up its first year in existence, The Naches Community Art Program began out of a want to help.

"When our daughter entered kindergarten, I thought, how can I help in the schools," said Amy Clark, a volunteer art teacher.

So, Amy started teaching art.
"Once you start and you see how the kids react, you just keep going," she said.

Amy and her husband Ryan co-own Liberty Bottle Works in Union Gap. And as the art program began to grow, they decided to help pay for it using not only their money, but money from Liberty Bottles too.

"The more we have, the more supplies, the more we can offer the students for the future," Amy said.

Now, in less than a year, the program has become something students look forward to every week and something that gives back to the volunteers that make it possible.

"They make it all worth it. Just their passion and their energy, it just drives you to do more," Amy said.

Last week, the program had an end of the year art show in Naches. Hundreds of people turned out and Amy says they actually sold some of the student's artwork.

With that money, and support from other local businesses, and the school district, Amy says they already have the funds to continue the program next year.