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Ms. Philip from Menlo Park CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Burning to Make Some Art!

Help me give my students wood-burning units and interchangeable tips so they can personalize their instruments.

  • $517 goal

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My Students

I have 400 curious minds that come into my classroom each week ready to learn about art; both the history and the practice of making it. The students I have are in a wide range of ages from 5-14 and grades kindergarten through fifth. For some of my students, this is the first year they have attended my art class and they are eager to participate! For others, this is another year for them to learn and experience new things. My students are bright and energetic, with creative minds that shock me sometimes, with the great ideas they come up with. Many of the children I teach have a very hard home life; their parents are both working two to three jobs to scrape by, they are homeless, or they come from a broken family. The goal of my classroom is that no matter where they come from, or what is going on outside of school, the students have the same opportunities and materials as students in the schools around here. It can be hard at times, but with the support of people like you, I am able to give these students an amazing art class each year.

My Project

Last year my students made traditional Polynesian gourd instruments. It was a great project and I want to repeat it so much that I’m growing my own gourds for the students, to cut down on costs. However, one element we did not incorporate was the decorating of the instruments which would be done with a wood burner. The students would love to personalize and embellish their instruments. To make this happen we will need detailers, handles, tips, and fans; pretty much the whole wood-burning setup. Last year we saw an example of an instrument that had been wood burned. It really left an impression on the students and they all wanted to add designs to their's, too. Unfortunately, we didn't have the materials to make that happen.

This year I would like it if the students' creativity wasn't held back by a lack of access to the material.

If we get the wood burners, the students will create a design based on their own ideas and traditional Polynesian designs. They will then transfer them to the gourd with the transfer paper before they start the burning processes. We have a variety of different tips to help make different lines. Each students' instrument will be a work of art showing off their own personality.

Ms. Philip
Grades 3-5
  • Willow Oaks School
  • Menlo Park, CA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 128 students.

13 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Detailer • Colwood $79.75 2 $159.50
Replaceable Tip Gourd Package ( RT - C E H J S B2 ) • Colwood $54.50 1 $54.50
Replaceable Tip Ball Package ( RT - B1 B2 B3 ) • Colwood $44.00 1 $44.00
YaeTek 1000l Adjustable Solder Smoke Absorber Remover Fume Extractor Carbon Filter Quiet Fan for ESD Soldering Station Bench Top ESD-Safe • Amazon Business $20.99 2 $41.98
RT Handle • Colwood $16.75 2 $33.50
TRUArt Single Sided Carbon Transfer Black Tracing Paper for Woodworking and Transferring or Mirroring Wood Burning Patterns - 100 Sheets (Black) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95

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