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Jean Craighead George PSU Bronze Critter Sculpture

$5,517 of $7,892 goal

Raised by 68 people in 5 months
Please see original campaign below the *line.  We did it!  We raised enough to honor Jean with a bench in the children's garden at the Penn State Arboretum.  We also filled the garden's free library with $100 worth of her books.  That leaves us $292 to replenish the book supply.  

I am happy to share that Jean's family visited the bench at the end of June.  It was a joyous and moving honor!  

Now, it's time for stage two.  Let's add a bronze sculpture of one of Jean's beloved critters.  You can see artist Jeanne Stevens-Sollman's critter creations throughout the garden.

I inquired about the cost to commission either a crow (Crowbar - her talking crow) or perhaps, a chickadee on a branch to be placed near her bench.  The crow would be $2,200 and the chickadee, $600.  Each piece would take 4-6 months to complete.  I am optimistic that we can raise funds to have Crowbar walk near Jean's bench.

Please help share the campaign!

Yours in learning,
Jeni
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Jean Craighead George wrote over 100 books connecting children to the natural world!  

This Penn State alumna and Newbery Award winning author would have been 100 in July.  I'd love to be able to celebrate her gifts with this gift to the Children's Garden at the Penn State Arboretum in her honor & with your help - #WeAre going to do it!

This  fundraising  project will honor Jean Craighead George, PSU Science ’41 and Liberal Arts ’41, with a commemorative bench in the Children’s Garden of the Penn State Arboretum this summer.  2019 is the 100th year celebration of Jean, who passed away in 2012 at the age of 92.  After graduating from Penn State in 1941, Jean became a member of the White House press corps and a reporter for The Washington Post.  A writer and editor of Readers Digest from 1969 to 1982 and an author of more than 100 books, Jean was named Woman of the Year by Penn State University in 1968.  You might have read and/or read with your children, the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves, inspired by Jean’s time at the Arctic Research Laboratory in Barrow, Alaska; a favorite of many, My Side of the Mountain; or its sequel On the Far Side of the Mountain, just to name a few.
 
Please share with your networks of all who love nature, education, literature, and Penn State.  If successful in exceeding the goal, additional proceeds will go towards commissioning sculpture artwork of one of the beloved animals in Jean’s books and/or sponsoring children’s literature programs.
 
Thanks!
Jeni

http://www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com 

A very special thank you to Twig, Craig, and Luke George.  
Photo Credit:  Charlie Craighead
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‘The perfect tribute’: Effort underway to honor children’s book author, Penn State alumna https://www.centredaily.com/living/article234028507.html
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I'm adding $300 to the goal to cover sculpture installation fees. Whatever is not used, will go toward refilling the arboretum's free library with JCG books.

Thank you!
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:)The bench arrived!!! The dedication plaque will be added shortly: "In Honor of Author Jean Craighead George - A Gift From Friends , Family, and Fans"

Please keep the campaign growing! I would love to commission a sculpture of Crowbar to sit nearby.

Additional funds will also go to keeping the free library stocked with Jean Craighead George books.

With a grateful heart,
Jeni

PS This location outside the cave (a favorite attraction in the children's garden at the PSU Arboretum) is fabulous!
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Woohoo!! We did it. The bench will be a splendid addition to the children’s garden at the Penn State Arboretum. It’s location will be outside the cave - a great location to read, relax, and enjoy nature with your loved ones.

Please keep the campaign going and growing! Additional funds will be used for a bronze sculpture of one of Jean’s beloved creatures, programming, and JCG books to stock the library in the garden.
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