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Mrs. DeMers from Anaheim CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fostering Creativity: Making Our Mark in the World

My students need colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, and paint in both traditional and multicultural colors to foster their creativity and critical thinking.

  • $565 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

When asked how many children do I have, I always answer with the number of students in my class. This year, it's 25. I have 25 little Firsties who have big dreams. Some dream of becoming future vets, teachers, soldiers, police officers, or artists. Others dream of mom coming to visit them, dad finding a job, or living in a stable home. I teach at a Title 1 school in a low-SES community where 78% of our population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch, and many of our students come from diverse family dynamics.

Our families struggle with single-parent or other caregiver households; working multiple jobs to put food on the table; and even homelessness.

When adults are struggling to make ends meet at home, very little time is left in making sure their children practice the skills needed to be successful in school. For the 80% of my students who are English Language Learners, learning to read and write is even more of a challenge. It is crucial that I provide my students with ample opportunities in the classroom to explore and learn the fundamental skills necessary to be successful in school and beyond.

My Project

Many of my students come to school rarely having had any experience with art materials other than crayons. Even then, few students have 'colors' to use at home, so the only chance they have to use art materials is at school. Unfortunately, acquiring art supplies and different kinds of media is limited at our school. It is not uncommon to scrap hopeful art projects with a Plan B, resorting once again to pencil and crayon on paper. Having other materials available for students to use, like oil pastels, markers, and watercolor paints, will open up many more opportunities for expression for my Firsties.

Your donation of a variety of art supplies will provide students with opportunities for creativity and critical thinking.

Not all students learn the same way, so it is crucial to have art in our classroom in order to reach more of my learners. Varied art supplies will provide students with more choice in how they wish to express themselves. Through art, students will be engaged in collaborative conversation, feedback, building classroom community, and learning responsibility. The art they create will also serve as a writing topic and/or opportunity for practicing public speaking skills in Show and Tell. Most importantly, these art supplies will give students a chance to be proud of their masterpiece and make their mark in the world!

Mrs. DeMers
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Broad Line Markers Bulk, 256 Count Classpack • Amazon Business $54.54 1 $54.54
Crayola Colored Pencils 12 Each (Pack of 24) • Amazon Business $37.09 1 $37.09
CRAYOLA LLC MULTICULTURAL CRAYONS REG 8PK (Set of 24) • Amazon Business $33.87 1 $33.87
Pentel Arts Oil Pastels, 432 Piece Classroom Size Pack (PHN-12CP) • Amazon Business $31.96 1 $31.96
00045-0129-Prang Ready-To-Use Washable Tempera Paints - Assorted, Set of 12 colors, 16 oz bottles • Blick Art Materials $28.08 1 $28.08
Mungyo Non Toxic Square Chalk, Soft Pastel, 64 Pack, Assorted Colors (B441R078-7003A) • Amazon Business $6.98 4 $27.92
Crayola; Classpack; Ultra-Clean; Multicultural Broad Line Markers; Art Tools; 80 Markers in 8 Different Colors; Washable • Amazon Business $26.01 1 $26.01
Sargent Watercolor Pencils 72 ct. • Amazon Business $12.89 2 $25.78
Crayola LLC MULTICULTURAL 8 CT C 8 Colored (Set of 6) 8 • Amazon Business $12.37 2 $24.74
Pacon Multicultural Construction Paper, Assorted Colors, 9-Inches by 12-Inches, 50-Count (9509) • Amazon Business $7.89 3 $23.67
Jack Richeson Mini Tempera 9 Color Multicultural Set In A Tray • Amazon Business $7.53 3 $22.59
Crayola 53-0525-1 8 Pan Set Washable Watercolors, 12 Pack • Amazon Business $21.50 1 $21.50
U.S. Art Supply 10 Piece Children's No Spill Paint Cups with Colored Lids and 10 Piece Large Round Brush Set with Wood Handles • Amazon Business $16.96 1 $16.96
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $9.95 1 $9.95
Creativity Street Pre-School Brush Set, 24 Pack (AC5172) • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Reeves 8490530 9-Inch by 12-Inch Water Color Paper Pad, 35-Sheet • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

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