Deck the Halls!
Unique paper snowflake tutorial inside this post!
It was snowing indoors at IEA’s tree-trimming party last Friday as parents, students and staff all worked together to create handcrafted ornaments and paper snowflakes to decorate the Barder House for the holidays. As families munched on cookies and sipped hot chocolate (generously donated by the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf), they reflected on favorite IEA moments from the past year – like our Genius Day hosted at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and our Summer Soiree BBQ event. Students also spoke excitedly about plans for the New Year, including family trips and courses they had already applied to take in our upcoming Winter Session of Academy.
The event may even be the start of a new IEA tradition! “This was such a great opportunity to relax and unwind with the IEA community after the end of the school term,” remarked a parent. “And the crafts were a big hit. We’d love to do this again!” Most popular among the crafts were snowflakes created under the patient instruction of Tiffany Kwong, who showed kids and adults how to cut and tape squares of paper to make intricate, three-dimensional works of art. To make your own ornaments at home, you can follow the paper snowflake tutorial below!
As the glowing warmth of the tree illuminated the smiling faces of everyone in attendance, there was an overwhelming sense of gratitude for our close-knit community of supporters and the amazing children that we have had the privilege to serve. As the IEA staff looks forward to the holidays with our own families, we’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many members of the IEA family who have contributed their time, talent and money in service of our mission over the course of 2015. As we prepare for the New Year, your support is paramount to helping us plan for the future of IEA and providing much needed services to the children in our programs.
If you would like to make a donation to support IEA in time for the New Year, please visit our website’s donation page or call our office at 626-403-8900. To sign up for a Winter Academy class, click here!
Happy holidays from all of us here at IEA and best wishes for the coming year!