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Mrs. Mackin
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

Craft Club - In the Making...

My students need crafting supplies, like glue and paint, for our new after school enrichment program.

My Students

Colleges these days are looking for students who are well-rounded. My students have limited access to diverse opportunities that enrich and broaden their lives.

I work at a middle school school in a low-income neighborhood, where many cultures and languages intersect.

As I walk into the lunch room, I hear students chatting in Uzbek, Spanish, or Polish. I see students of different skin colors linked arm in arm. It's a beautiful display of unity within diversity that is not frequently found in schools across the country. Our school is a relatively small school located in a bustling metropolis. So many of my students, though, don't seem to have ventured far beyond the boundaries of their neighborhood. Most students come from families with limited finances and hard-working, overburdened parents. I have just started a craft club at the school that allows students to build practical skills, encourages creativity and expression, and fosters self-empowerment.

My Project

Our craft club has great ambitions. We don't simply create cute little projects from glitter and glue that remain stuck to the refrigerator only to collect dust. Instead, we hope to seek out ways to utilize previously discarded materials to create new items of beauty and use, fighting against a society that is surrounded by superfluous waste (Craft Ex. bottle cap magnets and candy wrapper necklaces). We plan to take up time honored crafting traditions that can be used to help others in need (Ex. crocheted blankets to be donated at homeless shelters). We will dabble with business strategies so as to offer trendy products that attract a broad clientele, funding our future projects (Ex. A range of products to be sold at a holiday craft fair for the school community). It is my hope that these crafting ambitions are a starting point for my students to see how they can contribute to the wider world. (SUPPLIES NEEDED: magnets, glue guns, spray paint, beads, colored paper, crochet hooks, etc)

But beyond these aspirations, we do simply enjoy being and creating together.

While we craft, conversation flows. At the middle school age, having a trusted space to take risks, challenge yourself, and engage with others is central to meaningful development and maturity. These students have started out life with so many factors against them, so to have this opportunity to express themselves and take pride in their handiwork fosters the confidence needed to face the challenges of life head on.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
CORD ELASTIC WHITE 25 YD • ABC School Supply, Inc $3.32 1 $3.32
PAINT ENAMEL ROYAL BLUE 9 OZ NOW • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $2.65 1 $2.65
PAINT ENAMEL HUNTER GREEN 9 OZ NOW • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $2.65 1 $2.65
PAINT ENAMEL FLAT WHITE 9 OZ NOW • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $2.33 1 $2.33
PAINT ENAMEL SUN YELLOW 9 OZ NOW • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $2.65 1 $2.65
PAINT ENAMEL WAGON RED 9 OZ NOW • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $2.65 1 $2.65
PAINT ENAMEL FLAT BLACK 9 OZ NOW • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $2.33 1 $2.33
BAUMGRTN DISPOSABLE/GLOVES L-XL • Blick Art Materials $3.39 1 $3.39
MAGNETS/.5IN DIAM BUTTON 50PK • Blick Art Materials $4.77 2 $9.54
MAGNETS/.75IN DIAM BUTTN 50P • Blick Art Materials $6.16 3 $18.48
GLASS SEED BEADS/3OZ BAG MULTI • Blick Art Materials $2.55 4 $10.20
BLICK GLUE/WASHABLE SCHOOL 8OZ • Blick Art Materials $0.80 10 $8.00
PLASTIC CROCHET HOOK/HOOK SET • Blick Art Materials $1.90 4 $7.60
DECORATIVE PAPER/ASSORTED 1LB • Blick Art Materials $12.39 1 $12.39
GLUE STICKS MINI/4IN REG 100/PKG • Blick Art Materials $5.41 5 $27.05
GLUE GUN MINI/LOW TEMP • Blick Art Materials $3.40 10 $34.00
RIBBON ASSORTMENT/40/YARDS • Blick Art Materials $2.17 2 $4.34
ARMOUR ETCH/MIRROR 3IN RND PK10 • Blick Art Materials $13.93 2 $27.86
CRAFT BUTTONS/1LB BAG ASSORTED • Blick Art Materials $2.72 2 $5.44
KRYLON COATINGS/!H SEALER 6OZ • Blick Art Materials $5.29 1 $5.29
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $7.95 1 $7.95
JEWELRY FINDINGS KEY RINGS • Sax Arts & Crafts, Inc $3.90 1 $3.90
CERAMICBISQUE TILES/4-1/4 X 4-1/4 TILE • Blick Art Materials $0.39 70 $27.30
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $7.95 1 $7.95
TAPE SCOTCH 234 GEN PRPSE MASKING 3/4X60YD • ABC School Supply, Inc $5.17 3 $15.51
Black Cotton T-Shirt - Adult Small (34-36) • Nasco $5.30 12 $63.60
Black Cotton T-Shirt - Adult Medium (38-40) • Nasco $5.30 5 $26.50
DB STUDIO TRADITINAL/8X10 3/4IN BKSTPLD • Blick Art Materials $1.51 20 $30.20
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $9.95 1 $9.95
Coats Surelock Thread • Nasco $3.25 2 $6.50
PIN SAFTEY PIN 1.5'' #2 PACK OF 144 - SCHOOL SMART • ABC School Supply, Inc $1.89 7 $13.23

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This project will reach 15 students.

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