It's me, Bellen. I'm now 9, in the 4th grade, a gymnast, kid-model (Yay Target!) and--more than anything--a curious kid who loves learning, life...and my afro (my superpower)!
Hear about The More Than Peach Project in my own words.
After months of being asked for the "skin-color" crayon in class (and rather robotically always handing it over), More than Peach became my response and solution. My response may surprise you!
"There's no coloring rule book...and now back to my drawing." -Bellen
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When I began my project, I started by creating my Palette Packets using big-brand items to students so that no student felt "disincluded". My goal was to get multicultural crayons in the hands of every student. I soon found that in order to best spread my message, I needed to create products that truly represent and fully capture my mission and spirit. After lots of hard work and support, I now offer More than Peach exclusive products to share with kids everywhere and to further the empathy and curiosity of all kids. #MoreThanPeach is about #MoreThanCrayons. I hope you love them!
Today with Hoda and Jenna: https://www.today.com/video/meet-the-9-year-old-giving-skin-color-crayon-a-new-meaning-80152133782
NBC News 4 DC: Fourth Grader Starts the More than Peach Project.
Fox 5 News DC with Allison Seymour: Loudoun County student uses crayons to raise diversity awareness https://www.fox5dc.com/video/656479
Loudoun Now Newspaper: Loudoun Supervisors Mark Black History Month (link to external site) 02/04/2020
Mayor& Town Council Recognize Bellen and The More than Peach Project by Proclamation/01/29/2020
CBS This Morning with Gayle King & Meg Oliver: https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/sGbx2fPhRkvWwo_odMI4yGBwVfTZJKXv/fourth-grader-creates-art-kits-with-multiple-skin-tones/
People Magazine: 9-Year-Old Girl Creates 'More Than Peach' Art Kits That Offer Different 'Skin-Color'
Crayons by Joelle Goldstein
Target TV Commercial / All in Motion: https://vimeo.com/411890435
The Washington Post: 9-year-old Girl Got People to Finally Stop Thinking of the Peach-Colored Crayon as the
‘Skin-Color’ Crayon Column by Theresa Vargas
PODCAST: The Good Word with Tisha Lewis: More than Peach Project's Bellen Woodard https://www.fox5dc.com/podcasts/the-good-word-more-than-peach-projects-bellen-woodard NOW AVAILABLE ON iTunes, Google Play & Audioboom