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Ms. M. from San Francisco CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring Christmas to a Juvenile Jail

Help me give my students Christmas decorations, including lights, paint and brushes, figurines, and more, for their housing units in the juvenile jail.

  • $409 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are incarcerated in a juvenile jail 24 hours a day where they live in tiny cells. Many of my students come from poverty and have experienced trauma or community violence of some kind. Students have struggled with education and often come to the institution having dropped out of school. Up to fifty percent of our population is classified as special education and require services for disabilities.

Despite their often challenging circumstances, my students are resilient, brilliant youth who are working hard to transform their lives.

I am lucky enough to be their English teacher and want to give them opportunities to master tools that will help them to empower and rehabilitate themselves.

My Project

One of the only things that lifts spirits is the annual Christmas decorating contest where each housing unit goes absolutely bananas decorating the housing unit and cell doors.

Christmastime in juvenile hall is one of the absolutely worst parts of the year.

The students become incredibly depressed because they are isolated and away from their families.

The students and staff all invest a lot of creative energy into bringing beauty and the holiday spirit into a place designed to deflate and depress one's spirit. This year, many of the funds for this project have been cut, and our students want to continue the tradition of putting their hearts into creating a festive decor, despite the fact that they are incarcerated.

Ms. M.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magicfly Bulk Acrylic Paint, 14 Rich Pigments Colors (240 ml/8.12 fl oz.), Non-Fading, Non-Toxic Craft Paints for Painting on Canvas, Ideal for Kids, Artist & Hobby Painters • Amazon Business $37.99 1 $37.99
Christmas Laser Lights, YINUO LIGHT Waterproof Projector Lights Landscape Spotlight Red and Green Star Show with Christmas Decorative Patterns for Indoor Outdoor Garden Patio Wall • Amazon Business $35.99 1 $35.99
Prextex Christmas 100-Count Multi Color Green Wire Light Set Christmas Decorations • Amazon Business $8.99 3 $26.97
Rainbow Duo-Finish Kraft Paper Roll, 40 lb, 48 Inches x 200 Feet, White • Amazon Business $24.56 1 $24.56
Scotch Brand Magic Tape, 6 Dispensered Rolls, Writeable, Invisible, The Original, Engineered for Repairing, Great for Gift Wrapping, 3/4 x 650 Inches (6122) • Amazon Business $11.36 2 $22.72
Department 56 The Simpson's Village Shop Don't Drop Maggie Accessory Figurine, 1.77 inch • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Simpsons Poster Prints - Set of 6 (8 inches x 10 inches) Movie Poster Prints - Bart Homer Marge Lisa Maggie • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Windy City Novelties Tall 15" Red Felt Christmas Holiday Stockings (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Fine Detail Paint Brush Set - (12 Piece Set) Miniature Brushes for Acrylic, Oil Watercolor, Model Craft Miniatures Painting, Paintbrushes, Professional Detailing Paint Kit • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Rekcopu 12Pcs Peppermint Floor Decals Stickers for Christmas Candy Party Decoration Supplies • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Mini Christmas Tree, Outgeek Artificial Sisal Tree Xmas Bottle Brush Trees Crafts Snow Tree for Table Home DIY Party Ornament Decoration Christmas Decor Pine Tree with Wood Base 34PCS • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
American Greetings Extra Wide Christmas Wrapping Paper, Santa, Snowmen and Candy Canes (3 Pack, 120 sq. ft.) • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Royal Brush Golden Taklon Paint Brushs, Assorted Sizes, Set of 3 • Amazon Business $6.09 1 $6.09
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (16 Ounce), 21123 Bright Red • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (16 Ounce), 21148 Black • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (16 Ounce), 21119 White • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (16 Ounce), 21131 Bright Yellow • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (16 Ounce), 21136 Kelly Green • Amazon Business $4.28 1 $4.28

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