Welcome to Lilly Pilly Productions
A note from Leslie:
Lilly Pilly Productions is a company devoted to increasing children’s self esteem.
I am Leslie Bennett, owner, writer and artist. I create paper art lessons and stories on 8 and 10 foot bulletin boards, displayed in the incredible elementary school I volunteer for. My large scale art is filled with positive messages, specifically aimed at elementary school aged children, to encourage their self development. Each board takes between 40-100 hours. The time flies by. I have a passion for paper! Everything is 100% handmade. I think about the subject I want to talk about, gratefulness, kindness, bravery, commitment, sketch, then with a pile of paper, glue, scissors and a beloved paper cutter, I create stories on a large surface.
I create new art and lessons every 4-6 weeks and periodically meet with all students in the school during their library periods, to go over the simple, direct messages of self esteem, self awareness, self discipline and self acceptance. I have been self funding this volunteer opportunity for three years. I am currently writing several children’s books. The focus of all the books are elementary school aged characters, who in the end, find out that happiness is a choice. In Lolo’s Story, Lolo tells everyone that she only wants to be one thing when she grows up. She wants to be happy. In Grandma’s Kindness Challenge, Pat’s grandma promises him being kind will feel good. He accepts her kindness challenge and finds out helping, donating, sharing and thanking really does make you feel good inside. I have thirty other titles that I would like to write.
Any gifts you would like to make, to support the dream of a volunteer, who wants to make a true difference in a child’s life, please see the contact page for my mailing address, or the donations page to contribute now.
I have been the volunteer of the month many times. I was awarded the SuperStar Award from the school district. I dream of writing and reading books to kids in the near future. I dream of being that adult that you remember from your own childhood, the one that made you feel like you could accomplish anything, if you believed in yourself!
I was in financial services for 24 years. I found a passion for art and teaching through volunteering one day a month for years. Now, I would like to make art and education my full time passion. This is a new website. I will be updating and adding to the site as the dream of becoming a full time self esteem advocate unfolds.
Only a few examples of my large scale art are included, but you will understand the message I am trying to convey. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Your support will give kids the opportunity to hear from a supported volunteer, one with 24 years of business experience, a BS in psychology and a love for art, opportunity and the elementary schooler’s willingness to use their imagination and creativity to be exactly who and what they want, what we all want, to be… happy.