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Drop Collaborative offering free coloring books

John Thompson • Updated May 27, 2020 at 9:03 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Drop Collaborative is offering free downloadable coloring books that tell the story of the organization that is teaching farming techniques to the next generation that will be contributing produce from the gardens to the community.

The coloring book also celebrates victory gardens and teaches about gardening, farming and about having fun on the farm. It also teaches about the benefits of community service.

The coloring book is available at https://www.dropcollaborative.com/color.

The illustrator of the coloring book is Maria Venable. She was the winner of a contest among high schools in a four-county region to illustrate the book.

The Drop Collaborative explained that the reason for the coloring book: “We noticed that children love coloring books and they learn while coloring.

Meanwhile, teen suicide is on the rise. For many, visual arts is a healing therapy.

So we held a contest open to high school students, seeking best illustrator for a children’s coloring book: ‘The Story of the Drop Collaborative’ — teaching small farming and community service.

The winning 'Best Illustrator,' Maria Venable appreciates the healing power of art. After a family tragedy, her love of art helped her heal from a life-changing event.”