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Mrs. Sanders-Bruce from Benton Harbor MI is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Art Cart: Fill 'Er Up!

My students need art supplies such as construction paper, paint and collage materials to express and explore their artistic creativity.

  • $518 goal

This project expired on August 7, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Fill 'er up! We have an "Art Cart" in our preschool classroom that has too much empty space and not enough art supplies. Our preschool children love to create "objects d'art" using many different kinds of materials, but our limited resources are limiting their opportunities to do so.

The preschool children in our classroom come from an economically challenged environment.

Many of our children's parents live paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford "luxuries" like crayons, markers and drawing paper for their children. Our classroom may be the only artistic outlet our students have to express and explore their creativity. Due to an "ordering freeze" in our school district, we are unable to purchase any of the consumable art supplies we use on a daily basis. The result is a rapidly emptying "Art Cart" with no means for replenishment...and disappointed preschoolers who do not understand why they are no longer able to create their "masterpieces". Instead of allowing our students "free rein" to choose the kinds and amounts of art supplies they can use (and thus allowing them artistic freedom), we have been forced to dole out paper sparingly, "stretch" our paint, and limit the kinds of projects we do together. Soon, we will be forced to close our "Art Cart" for good.

My Project

The materials we are requesting for replenishing our preschool "Art Cart" are basic art supplies: colored paper, paint, glue, collage materials. These seemingly simple items may not appear to be vitally important to the education of young children...this assumption would be wrong. ALL children, and especially young children, need opportunities to express themselves through various artistic media-painting, drawing, creating collage pictures. By exploring and creating "art," young children can express their ideas visually and often find an emotional outlet as well. The materials in our "Art Cart" are not used to create specific "products"; instead, our students have the opportunity to choose the kinds and amounts of materials used to create "their" art. Some may think this is wasteful or unnecessary while others recognize the creative freedom and power of the artistic process. If you help supply the materials, the preschoolers will supply the ideas and creativity. It's a win-win!

The materials in our "Art Cart" may not inspire the next great "artiste".

They may, however, inspire our preschoolers to explore their creativity, not only visually, but in other aspects of their lives as well. Certainly, these supplies will provide a much-needed artistic outlet for young children, who often have very limited forms of self-expression. Furthermore, these materials will allow our students' artistic freedom to continue and grow. This can only be a good and positive thing...

Mrs. Sanders-Bruce
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
BS500 - Jumbo Washable Watercolor Set - Each • Lakeshore Learning $4.49 8 $35.92
RS261 - Help-Yourself Glue Tubes • Lakeshore Learning $12.95 1 $12.95
LC168 - Jumbo People Shapes™ • Lakeshore Learning $16.95 1 $16.95
XZ180 - Create & Play Animals • Lakeshore Learning $9.99 3 $29.97
CC738 - Paint & Collage Caddies - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning $12.99 4 $51.96
FF537 - Textured Collage Shapes • Lakeshore Learning $9.95 2 $19.90
LC170 - People Shapes™ Project Kit • Lakeshore Learning $29.95 1 $29.95
RY928 - Make-A-Face Sheets • Lakeshore Learning $8.95 1 $8.95
LC383 - People Colors® Craft Paper • Lakeshore Learning $6.95 2 $13.90
TA71TQ - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Turquoise • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 2 $7.38
TA71HL - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Hot Lime Green • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 1 $3.69
TA71GL - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Gold • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 2 $7.38
TA71RG - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Orange • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 2 $7.38
TA71MA - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Magenta • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 1 $3.69
TA71BD - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Burgundy • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 1 $3.69
TA71HP - Superbright Sulphite Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Hot Pink • Lakeshore Learning $3.69 1 $3.69
TA51GB - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Bright Green • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 2 $4.38
TA51LG - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Light Green • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 2 $4.38
TA51RO - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Red-Orange • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 1 $2.19
TA51RG - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Orange • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 3 $6.57
TA51RD - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Red • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 3 $6.57
TA51VT - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Violet • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 2 $4.38
TA51LB - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Light Brown • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 2 $4.38
TA51GA - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Gray • Lakeshore Learning $2.19 2 $4.38
GG351CN - Washable People Colors® Liquid Tempera - Cinnamon • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
GG351CH - Washable People Colors® Liquid Tempera - Chestnut • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
GG351TS - Washable People Colors® Liquid Tempera - Toast • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
GG351FW - Washable People Colors® Liquid Tempera - Fawn • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
GG351GN - Washable People Colors® Liquid Tempera - Gingerbread • Lakeshore Learning $3.49 1 $3.49
AA887 - Face-Painting Stampers Set • Lakeshore Learning $14.95 1 $14.95
LA318GR - Washable Tempera Glitter Paint - 1 Pint - Green • Lakeshore Learning $3.99 2 $7.98
LA318GL - Washable Tempera Glitter Paint - 1 Pint - Gold • Lakeshore Learning $3.99 2 $7.98
LA318RG - Washable Tempera Glitter Paint - 1 Pint - Orange • Lakeshore Learning $3.99 1 $3.99
LA318RD - Washable Tempera Glitter Paint - 1 Pint - Red • Lakeshore Learning $3.99 1 $3.99
LA318SL - Washable Tempera Glitter Paint - 1 Pint - Silver • Lakeshore Learning $3.99 2 $7.98
CG639 - Roll-On Painters • Lakeshore Learning $19.95 2 $39.90

Materials cost

$398.80

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.98

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$439.78

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.61

Total project goal

$517.39

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$517.39

5 Donors

-$469.78

Donations toward project cost

-$439.78

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$30.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$47.61

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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