CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (SEPTEMBER 2014) — High-end home furnishings brand Pyar&Co. is set to launch the first installment of their Lil’ Pyar Gives Back initiative this September, benefiting national education non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org. Founder/Designer Paula Queen was inspired to launch this initiative in an effort to connect the dots between her background in education and the two-year-old Pyar&Co. brand. Lil’ Pyar Gives Back will release new children’s home furnishings twice-yearly featuring designs by primary school aged students across the U.S. The inaugural collection, Skyscraper, features artwork and a poem written by Katarina T., a 9-year old, 4th grade student from Lithia, Florida.
The Lil’ Pyar Gives Back Skyscraper collection includes two 100% canvas products designed and produced in the U.S.A.: a pillow and a tote. The 16”x16” fiber-filled pillow (digitally printed) will retail for $40 and the 16”x21” tote (hand-screened printed) with 26” shoulder drop for $28. Both products will be available for purchase online beginning September 1st.
In early 2014, Pyar&Co. promoted the Lil’ Pyar Gives Back initiative and contest on the company website and social media channels. The brand placed a call out for design submissions from primary school aged students across the country. After careful review and internal deliberations of the entries, Queen and her team selected the work of Katarina T. from Lithia, Florida. Her art and poem, entitled Skyscraper, encouraged readers to dream big and resonated heavily with Queen. “The words and drawing of a young girl who looked up at the sky and saw more than buildings instilled a sense of wonder in me. At just 9-years old, she saw this platform as a way to encourage others to find their courage, confidence and self-belief,” said Queen. “I hope that her work will help to remind us all to shoot for the tallest buildings and beyond.”
As part of the Lil’ Pyar Gives Back initiative, Pyar&Co. will donate $10 from each Skyscraper product purchased directly to AdoptAClassroom.org in the hopes of reducing the financial impact on teachers who need to purchase resources for their classrooms. “It is a little known fact that teachers spend so much of their own money for the school supplies they need in the classroom,” says Bob Thacker, Executive Director for AdoptAClassroom.org. “We are thrilled that Lil’ Pyar is partnering with us to help teachers and their students who otherwise may not be able to afford the tools needed to succeed in school.” Queen adds: “As a former high school English teacher, I have always held educators in the highest regard and can recall a number of times I had to procure items for my own classroom because the school could not. It is my hope that through the Lil’ Pyar Gives Back initiative, the financial burden on teachers will be lessened and the focus can be put back on learning.”
Pyar&Co. is a Chicago-based high-end home furnishings brand recognized for hand crafted pillows, poufs, throws, table linens, and children’s items. Founder/Designer Paula Queen founded the brand in 2012 after becoming inspired by the beauty and intricate nature of the Indian sari on a trip to India. All materials and work to produce the brand’s products are ethically sourced. Pyar&Co. products can be found online and in various retail locations nationwide. For more information on Pyar&Co., please visit: www.pyarandco.com.
AdoptAClassroom.org is a national 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending teacher-funded classrooms. We support teachers by providing much-needed classroom materials and supplies. On average, teachers spend nearly $500 of their own money each year to equip their classrooms, with 10% of teachers spending more than $1,000 annually. Since 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised over $21 million to benefit classrooms across America. AdoptAClassroom.org has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. To adopt a classroom, visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.