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Mrs. Halford from Wichita Falls TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Passport to New Cultures and Their Arts

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn about different cultures and their art.

  • $595 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I wish I could describe the excitement of my students as they entered our new classroom this year. The oohs and ahhs as each class crossed through the door melted my heart. I have taught fifth grade science the last five years and made the change to art teacher this year. This is the first time in years that our students will have a full time art teacher. Now I have all of our students kindergarten through fifth grade. So far they have enjoyed getting to explore our new space, fun seating choices, and hands-on activities.

I wanted my art classroom to not look anything like a traditional classroom so all summer I've been gathering kitchen tables from garage sales and trading posts.

Now my students have brightly colored kitchen tables where they can create their masterpieces. My goal is to provide all my students with an engaging, fun and safe learning environment. My school is Title I and located in a low socio-economic neighborhood where 98% of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Most of my students are faced with many challenges in the classroom and at home.

My Project

I just returned from an art conference and learned so many new fun ideas that I would love to bring into my classroom. The first one was needle felting. My students would really enjoy creating something special. This project would be done in small groups with teacher assistance and the Needle Felting Demonstration Kit. There are so many options and cultures to explore. Students could create the Aztec Sun, or Molas like the Kuna tribe found in Panama and Columbia. I'm sure my students will think of more as they explore and research a culture of people that peak their interest.

The Aztecs, Kunas and Native Americans are just a few cultures we will begin to explore as we take set off on our journey to learn about different types of cultures and their traditional art.

I try to bring fun and unique projects to my students. They need the chance to create and make something they are proud of. As they learn about Native Americans in History class, it would be wonderful to have an art project that will help link these two classes. My third graders will build a dream catcher after completing some research about colors, charms, and textures traditionally used. The basket hoops, yarn, charms, feathers and beads will be used to help make this project come to life and give them some choices.

Mrs. Halford
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 380 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Needle Felting Demonstration Kit • Nasco $103.50 1 $103.50
Needle Felting Demonstration Kit Refill • Nasco $102.50 1 $102.50
Micro-Fiber Flat Leather Lace Beading Thread Faux Suede Cord String Velet Beading Supplies(Mix 7 Colors Each 10 Yards) • Amazon Business $10.11 3 $30.33
Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue 4oz • Amazon Business $2.08 12 $24.96
8 Ounce Tall Clear Empty Plastic Jars with Screw-on Lids & Labels - 12 Pack BPA Free Airtight Containers - Food Grade Refillable Holder - Ideal for Kitchen Storage, Candy, Crafts, Beauty & Cosmetic • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
24 Colors Thread for Leather,17 Colors Waxed Thread, and 7 Colors Hand Stitching Thread for Hand Sewing Leather and Bookbinding • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
15 Assorted Chips Stone Crushed Chunked Crystal Pieces Irregular Shaped Loose Beads in bulk • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Touch of Nature 38992 Packed Feather Assortment for Arts and Crafts, 7gm, Teal/Wood/Jasper • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
Over 700 Pieces Wood Beads for Jewelry Making with Free Sample Necklace - 24 Assorted Natural Wooden Bead Styles - Great for African, Native American Designs, Macrame Bracelets, Necklaces, Braids • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Basket Hoop - 6 in. x 716 in. • Nasco $0.99 15 $14.85
300pcs 6 Kinds of Feather Assorted for Various Crafts, Birthday Parties, Wedding and Dream Catcher Crafts by SBYURE • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
100 Gram Bali Style Antique Tibetan Silver Findings Jewelry Making DIY Metal Alloy Spacer Beads Deluxe New Mix 200-260pcs • Amazon Business $6.96 2 $13.92
Coceca 180pcs 6 Styled Feathers Assorted Mixed Feathers for Dream Catcher Crafts • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Whaline 49 Yard White Lace Trim 15 Rolls Assorted Patterns Lace Ribbon Cream Vintage for Sewing DIY Making and Bridal Wedding Decorations • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Senkary 500 Pieces Wooden Beads Painted Wood Barrel Beads Bulk for Crafts Jewelry Making, Assorted Patterns and Sizes • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
TKOnline 200Pcs Wholesale Bulk Smooth Tibetan Silver Pewter Charms Mixed Pendants DIY for Necklace Bracelet Jewelry Making and Crafting • Amazon Business $9.37 1 $9.37
12 Colors 150D Leather Sewing Waxed Thread Cord for Leather Craft DIY, 1mm Diameter,Each of 13 Yards … • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Hraindrop Wholesale 100 Pieces Mixed Pendants Charms for Jewelry Making and Crafting - Smooth Tibetan Silver Bulk Charms DIY For Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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