I am the art teacher at an intermediate school that serves 490 5th grade students. We are a title one school, where all of our students are eligible for a free lunch. Despite having many social and economic obstacles to overcome in their lives, our students have an intense excitement and love of learning.
In our school, we are striving to not only teach our students what they need academically but also what they will need to be productive citizens of the world.
My students don't receive any formal art education until 5th grade, so I strive to expose them to a diverse curriculum while encouraging 21st-century skills like creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
At my school, the art program currently receives a budget of $1.28 per student for the entire year. Most of the items that I buy are consumables, meaning they can't be reused from year to year. I have great plans for my students each year, but I often am buying supplies out of pocket to achieve those plans.
If I could get basic items donated, it would free much of my budget to buy more exploratory materials for my students.
They are bright and creative students, and they deserve to experience materials that they wouldn't necessarily get to use otherwise. If I didn't have to use my entire budget on construction paper, glue, and markers, I could provide them with items such as clay and paint.
We can use the donated items to provide a quality base for our projects. Currently we’re sharing three bottles of glue and four pencil sharpeners among the whole class. Our markers are dried out, and our colored pencils are broken and incomplete. We would use Tacky Glue and construction paper for our Abstract Cartoon and Favorite Food collage projects, quality colored pencils to practice mixing colors and 3D drawing, and Sharpies to add details to our watercolor paintings.
My students come from an educational background where they don't have art until 5th grade. Most of them have never used materials that others take for granted such as chalk pastels and watercolor paint. Please help me provide a quality art education for these students because they deserve it!
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