You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »
Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.


Ms. Calimlim from San Diego CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creations of Self

My students need air dry clay and masks for hands-on projects about personal and shared identity through "self-portraits."

  • $466 goal

This project expired on April 4, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Students at WMS come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, mainly Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Somali. The community itself has a large immigrant and refugee population, many of whom are in low socioeconomic situations. That being said, about 80% or more of our students qualify for free/reduced lunch. Students themselves have already had very trying, traumatic, and/or unfair experiences at their young age both because of and in response to home life, community life, and school.

My students want and are thankful for opportunities to creatively share their stories and express their opinions.

They may struggle or hesitate when it comes to trying new things. However, their imaginative art, insightful reflections, and discussions greatly demonstrate their ability to problem solve and persevere.

My Project

All 4 classes will be learning about "self-portraits." After taking this subject quite literally in learning the basics of drawing faces and proportions, each grade will explore other realms of the word "self" in using these materials.

The 6th grade classes will specifically use the masks, and the 7/8 grade classes the clay, in order to form and reflect different perceptions of self.

6th grade will be focusing on how they want to be seen now and/or in the future, as a way for them to reflect on the impression they want to make or are making in a new school. They have the option of making this a mixed media project (acrylic, oil pastel, tissue paper, magazine cut outs etc.) or using one media of choice. They may stay on the surface and create a mask of a future occupation or changes in appearance, or they may experiment with words, textures, colors to represent characteristics (strong, intelligent, goofy, creative, lazy etc.).

The 7th/8th grade classes will be focusing on who they have become and who has influenced their growth, as a way to reflect on their relationships & differences or shared characteristics with family, friends, and staff etc. Using pinch pot or slab methods, students will have the option of making a mask to show emotion or actual change in physical features, or make a decorative object (bowl/box) that symbolizes a personal or shared self through their relationships with people.

Ms. Calimlim
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 120 students.

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Calimlim is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
CLAY GRAY - 25LBS. • School Specialty $19.09 10 $190.90
Paper Pulp Masks - Class Set of 30 • Nasco $45.40 2 $90.80
Pacon White Paper Full Mask • Nasco $1.77 12 $21.24

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


8 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Excluded support for DonorsChoose


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"San Diego","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4011169],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CA","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"applePayMerchantID":"","proposalId":3009266,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","numStudents":120,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Calimlim","authorIds":{"4011169":{"owner":"Ms. Calimlim","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3009266],"proposalHash":"853538029","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":false,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20864989,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NDAxMTE2OQ==","NTIzOTYyOQ==","NTIwOTE0MQ==","NDc2NTU1MQ==","NTIyMjU4NA==","NTI0Mzk3NQ==","NTIwOTUxMg==","NTIzODU3Mw=="],"teacherId":4011169,"schoolCounty":"San Diego","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CA","name":"California"}}