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Mr. DeBernardi from Waukegan IL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help! We Need A Projector That Shows It's True Colors.

My students need a projector in our art class to view art that shows accurate colors.

  • $771 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I want my students to love art. The problem is, we are limited to text books from the 1960s that don't have quality images and don't include the art that's most relevant to their lives. A projector would allow me to share with students the wealth of images found online, freeing us from textbooks.

My school's administrators understand the importance of art, but we are in a low-income community and have a very small budget.

Although last year we did not meet the federal education standards and 60% of our students come from low-income households, many of our students are intelligent and can become curious and hard-working when engaged. Most of my students speak English as a second language and respond to visual learning. When I've talked to their parents, I've found them to be supportive and aware of the importance of education even if they have not received much themselves.

My Project

In my experience, students take their work and themselves more seriously when they see how it fits in with a cultural tradition and that it has social meaning and impact. At other schools, I've had great success on these counts with a unit on Mexican muralist painters, but the use of a projector is crucial. I would begin by using the projector to give a PowerPoint presentation showing the work of muralists Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, and Jose Orozco. I'd then use the projector to take the students on a virtual tour of the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, where there are many contemporary wall murals that promote a positive social message. We'd follow that by discussing the social issues that are important in the students' communities. Then we would make large-scale art to communicate messages about these issues. They can feel the power of working in a tradition that has rich a history as well as contemporary significance.

By the time they've reached middle school, some of my students already display defensiveness towards authority.

But when I find an entry point, I can see students become interested and empowered. Showing students images that resonate with them is the best way I know of inspiring them. I want my students to see that their unique cultural heritage connects with the larger world, and to explore how art contributes to the formation and expression of their values and world views.

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Mr. DeBernardi
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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9 donors9 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 300 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
ARTOGRAPH DIGTAL ART/LED 300 PROJECTOR • Blick Art Materials $615.40 1 $615.40

Materials cost

$615.40

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.23

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$654.63

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$115.52

Total project goal

$770.15

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$770.15

8 Donors

-$525.00

Donations toward project cost

-$446.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$78.75

match offer

-$245.15

Match offer toward project cost

-$208.38

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$36.77

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$0.00

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