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Ms. Baldauf from Bay Point CA is requesting classroom basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Drawing Portraits & Connecting With Orphans From Sierra Leone

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn about orphans from Sierra Leone and learn about their country while drawing their portraits.

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My Students

Our Title I-funded school serves free breakfast for 85% of the students, and they get to the school early to eat the breakfast that they don’t get at home. My students eat their breakfast at school each morning before they come to my class. Fuel in their bodies makes them ready to learn and start the day. We are a uniform school. Some kids have uniforms that fit and are clean, and others have uniforms that are too big, too small, and don't really look clean. The majority of kids are happy, energetic, and ready to learn, but some students have trouble staying awake and staying focused. They come every day from group homes, and some are homeless, or being raised by grandparents.

My students are 11, 12, 13, and 14-year-old boys and girls who are growing, trying, creating, experiencing, experimenting, challenging, and ultimately becoming educated with art in my classroom.

My classes are all year long, so I can work with these students in-depth with technology, get to know their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, and see their creativity develop as their experience with art increases and grows.

My Project

Students at this Title I school with this Donors Choose grant will have the opportunity this year to draw portraits for orphans in Sierra Leone and make a connection with them. Working with The Memory Project students will each get several photographs this year of an orphan in Sierra Leone and will then draw the orphan either by hand or using a digital platform. After the drawing are delivered to the orphans, The Memory Project makes a video of the delivery of the drawings being given to the child in Sierra Leone and they will see the orphans receiving the portraits they created. We have done this important project for 8 years and students learn about a different country (this year Sierra Leone).

This is a chance to include not exclude the African American art students in the art curriculum, learn about Sierra Leone, and connect with orphans from Sierra Leone by drawing their portraits for them to keep.

Students make a connection with their art, they learn how to draw portraits, and it empowers them by giving something they made to someone their age from a different country that is less fortunate then they are.

Ms. Baldauf
Grades 6-8

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orphan portrait • Memory Project $15.00 10 $150.00

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