My 1st grade students need 60 Prang watercolor sets and 3 sets of brushes.
Thank you for taking the time to view this proposal. I am a first grade teacher in East Oakland, California writing on behalf of my team. Today, I ask you to help our first grade class to purchase watercolor sets and matching brushes.
Art is an essential part of any child's academic, social, and emotional development. As of now, our first graders will have absolutely NO opportunity to develop these skills due to lack of resources. We can draw with crayons and markers, but nothing compares to the experience of creating a vibrant piece of art with quality watercolors and brushes.
Everyday in first grade is rigorous and packed to the brim with literacy, math, social studies, and science. We work hard and everyday is filled with new and exciting material. When a week is done and it is Friday afternoon we want to let our kids decompress and just be kids.
With watercolors we can do this! Can you picture it now? The lights are dimmed, jazz music is faintly playing in the background, and each child has a watercolor set and is deeply focused on their creation. Beautiful! When the pieces are completed we will have a gallery walk and give feedback to one another on our work, learning how to give construct criticism while building classroom community.
Funding this project means a chance for the children of East Oakland to have the simple pleasure of art. With so much riding on testing these days it is too often a privilege for kids to develop their artistic skills. To some, watercolors may seem like a novelty to have in the classroom, but we know that is imperative and completely age appropriate for 6 and 7 year olds. Please help us to give our students the memories that first grade are made of!
Thank you again for your time. I sincerely admire your dedication to education and the beautiful children of East Oakland.
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