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Ms. R. from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pen-Pal Portraits (Part 1) for 6 Third Grade Classes in Chicago

The cost of writing and art supplies is $416, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $430 goal

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Did you have pen-pals in elementary school? I remember classroom projects writing to children from foreign places. The eye-opening experience of getting letters from someone your age who has a different perspective helps to foster a healthy world view and tolerance of others. Chicago is a huge sea of culture with schools functioning like islands. The students from my inner-city west-side elementary school have no idea what students their age are like in Hyde Park, Rogers Park, Ukrainian Village, Pilsen, or Lakeview -- even though those neighborhoods are less than a few miles away. I have started a city-wide pen-pal portraits project. Six third grade classroom teachers will teach their students to write friendly introductory letters, and photograph their classroom and school environment. In collaboration with the art teachers, each student will create a self-portrait. The completed class projects will be labeled, packaged, and mailed to other participating classes in a rotation. The students will look at the artwork, read the letters, then respond to the letters from five different Chicago students. They will have the chance to compare themselves to others, discover what cultural differences exist in their city, and find out what they have in common with kids their age from different neighborhoods. The supplies we need are simple. We need disposable cameras, art paper, colored pencils, and envelopes to package and ship projects. Thank-you for your time! Please contribute!

Ms. R.
Grades 3-5
  • Pope Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Quality Park Poly Jumbo Mailer Envelopes, 14quot x 19quot, White, Box Of 100 • Office Depot Inc. $40.49 1 $40.49
Kodak(R) Max HQ Flash One-Time-Use Cameras, Pack Of 2 • Office Depot Inc. $20.69 4 $82.76
Everett Pad amp Paper White Sulphite Drawing Paper, 50 Lb, 12quot x 18quot, Ream Of 500 Sheets • Office Depot Inc. $12.14 1 $12.14
MeadWestvaco Academie Jr Two-Color Paper, 9quot x 12quot, 96 Pages • Office Depot Inc. $3.86 6 $23.16
Binney amp Smith Crayola(R) Colored Pencils, Set Of 12 Colors • Office Depot Inc. $2.24 36 $80.64
Binney amp Smith Crayola(R) Multicultural Colored Pencils, Set Of 8 Colors • Office Depot Inc. $1.61 36 $57.96

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