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Ms. Benker from Saint Louis MO is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Art Journals to Help Us Heal

My students need sketchbooks so they can create Art Journals. Art journals will be used so my low income students can process trauma and use art to help them heal.

  • $597 goal

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My Students

I teach Introduction to Art in a public high school. Most of my students live in poverty and have experienced extreme trauma. Violence and neglect are commonplace and they take an emotional toll on many of my students. My students crave opportunities to control and create; to express themselves and communicate their experiences without judgement. They would love the chance to have something that is uniquely their own, especially since many of them do not even have their own bedrooms at home. Their eyes light up anytime they get something that is just for them. My kids need to know that there is good in this world and that they deserve to have good things happen for them.

My Project

My kids have experienced unimaginable trauma and often don't have the resources or coping skills to help them process their emotions so they can regroup and become more resilient. These art journals would give my students a safe place to work through some of their feelings and express themselves without judgement.

Art journals would not only serve as a refuge for my students, they would also provide a space for them to work through project ideas and inspire content for future art works.

Because the budget provided by my school district can only cover the cost of basic supplies and materials, I can not afford to offer Art Journals to my students without help from you.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Ms. Benker
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

This project will reach 150 students.

15 donors have given to this project.

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11872-1085-Daler-Rowney Simply Sketchbook - 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", Soft White, Hardbound, 110 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $4.02 117 $470.34

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