Torani Raspberry Syrup is sporting a new, limited-edition label drawn by 14-year-old Havin Prine from the SAFE Bulldog Academy in Stratford, Oklahoma. For the seventh year in a row, Torani has held the national Art for Kids competition to find artwork from afterschool participants to display on limited-edition syrup labels, of which proceeds will go towards supporting afterschool programs. This year’s designs are unprecedented—all three winning artists, chosen out of hundreds of entries from across the country, came from the same afterschool program.
I’ve been going to the SAFE Bulldog Academy for three years now. My mom has to work in the afternoons and I used to go to grandma’s house after school. But since joining the SAFE Bulldog Academy, I’ve really enjoyed being able to go outside to play basketball, using Legos to learn engineering and getting help with my homework. I’ve always wanted to do art like painting and crafting, so one of my favorite parts about the program has been learning how to use leather tools and duct tape to build things like wallets, bracelets, purses and belts.
When Ms. Reierson, our afterschool art teacher, told us about the Torani art contest, I didn’t have to look too far for my inspiration. There’s a picture in my room of a heart that’s really cute, so I tried it out. I was shocked when I found out I won the Torani art contest. I love making art, so I’m proud of myself for having done it—it feels really good to win. My parents are so excited and can’t wait to buy the syrup bottles with my label on them!