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Ms. Bartz from Anchorage AK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Artful Combination: Kindergartners and Community Service

Help me give my students art supplies and twenty-three books about color, artists and imagination.

  • $563 goal

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My Students

Many of my students are the children of deployed military personnel and all are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Half my students receive ELL/ESL services, six students are in Indian Education, and five are language delayed.My twenty-eight students are like sponges who want to learn EVERYTHING but they lack the background and vocabulary for most subjects so they need extra support in order to be successful. We are a high poverty school and my students need the help of

My school has a tradition of being a neighborhood school, but it is now a school in transition.

Our stable neighborhood is changing. 18.4% of the families receive supplemental Social Security income or public assistance. Our student population is racially and ethnically diverse. We have students who have recently arrived from Somalia, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Pakistan, as well as natives from Alaskan rural areas. Although they represent the very best in America, many of my students suffer from low self esteem. We have a problem with bulling on the playground and teasing and name calling in the classroom. We need to change the climate in our classroom.

My Project

I believe in the quote by Georgia O'Keeffe who said that she found she could say things with color and shapes that she couldn't say any other way, things she had no words for. I want my students to learn to say things with color and shapes so they can express themselves.

To build compassion and empathy among our multiethnic and multilingual students, I need art supplies, books about artists and children's books.

I am requesting 23 different titles of books about artists and art in children's books, a class set of crayons, and construction paper. Even though many of my students cannot read, they do enjoy creating art projects. They can express themselves via color and line. They can create the most amazing things which they can share with others. We do not have enough money to buy art supplies and art books for our classroom. I want my kinders to work on art projects for a local senior center. We will spend part of each Friday reading and discussing the art in the books by our target artists and then working on our posters. We will share our art with the senior center.

This project is designed to help my students begin to communicate with others. Many of my students cannot read or write, but they can produce art. This project will help them become more self confident while working together on art projects. They will also learn more about their community and about sharing art in public places.

Ms. Bartz
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
11406-1009-Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper - , Assorted, Class Pack, 2000 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $97.86 1 $97.86
20117-4009-Crayola Construction Paper Crayons Classpack - Set of 400, 16 Colors • Blick Art Materials $42.24 1 $42.24
The Art Book for Children • AKJ Education $17.96 1 $17.96
The Red Hen • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
The Crocodile and the Scorpion • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Viva Frida • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Girl Who Heard Colors • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
The Day the Crayons Came Home • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Ant and the Grasshopper • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Sky Color • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
Ish • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
The Scraps Book Notes from a Colorful Life • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Day the Crayons Quit • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Noisy Paint Box • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
One • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Green • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Dot • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
Picasso and the Girl With the Ponytail • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
A Magical Day With Matisse • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Mouse Paint • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Art Lesson • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Color of His Own • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Growing Colors • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Frog and Toad Are Friends • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64

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