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Mrs. Oliver from Milwaukee WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Culturally Relevant Art Library:Dreaming Up a Better Tomorrow

My students need nice new books that are culturally relevant in a classroom art library so they can begin to dream up the possibilities that they can create a better tomorrow.

  • $467 goal

This project expired on May 6, 2018.

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My Students

My students have deep thoughts that blow my mind every time we look and talk about art. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to help them shine. They are a little rough around the edges, but have hearts of gold buried under the poverty they were born into. In the art room, they learn to build their confidence with drawing and craftsmanship skills, but more importantly they learn how to cooperate with one another while building strong concentration muscles.

My Project

After the art program at my school was abandoned 10 years ago, I was hired to help make this school known for the arts. I have been carving out a peaceful and safe art space that had been used for storage. I have uncovered and fixed the kiln for ceramics, received grant money to build a screen printing shop, and become the stage manager for our professional grade spring musicals. Our students are working hard to close the achievement gap, but struggle due to being raised in generations of poverty.

After reflecting on the needs of our students, my mission is to create a permanent classroom art library, much like I have seen used in more affluent art rooms.

Mrs. Oliver
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 400 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-7 Box Set by Kazu Kibuishi (2016-10-25) • Amazon Business $60.13 2 $120.26
Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song • Amazon Business $18.47 2 $36.94
Life Doesn't Frighten Me • Amazon Business $14.83 2 $29.66
Beautiful Blackbird (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner) • Amazon Business $14.01 2 $28.02
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $13.31 2 $26.62
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $12.24 2 $24.48
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $12.10 2 $24.20
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $12.08 2 $24.16
Sail Away • Amazon Business $11.98 2 $23.96
Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $7.63 3 $22.89

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