My students need a variety of styles and colors of plastic lacing (gimp) and 3 packs of EZ Gimpers to learn the starting stitch.
It says in the Talmud "Every blade of grass has its own angel that bends over it and whispers 'Grow, grow'."
I am a veteran art teacher completing my first year in a new school in the Brownsville community of Brooklyn.
Brownsville is one of New York's poorest neighborhoods, and my students are returning from a summer of gun violence that has affected many of them directly. As I get to know my students, I am learning that many of them face challenges in their lives that I, as an adult, would not be able to navigate. For them school is a safe haven and we work hard to provide them with the tools and inspiration that they need to accomplish their goals.
Our top floor school has no air conditioning and my colleagues have warned me that June will be brutally hot. I have found that the success of my instruction is tied to knowing my scholars. I have learned that step-by-step activities in which they create a product holds their attention and gives them a sense of accomplishment. In the month of June, I would like to introduce lanyard weaving using plastic lacing. Scholars will master the stitches necessary to create a variety of projects. This activity can be accomplished outdoors on the beautiful hot days before summer break. I picture my scholars relaxing in the shade as we learn weaving and pattern making skills and keep our hands productively occupied.
It is my hope that the lanyard project will be a fun culminating event as I wrap up the curriculum and clean and inventory the art room.
This year we are facing a $60,000 budget short fall due to a reduction in our special education population. My art budget has been frozen for the remainder of the year. We can only realize this project with outside help. Please consider helping us beat the heat and end the year productively engaged.
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