Our student population is the second poorest in the 13th largest, school district in the U.S.A. They are kind, hard working, loving, and smart. We receive $1.50 per student per academic year for supplies. Even though I personally buy a lot of supplies, I can't swing this one.
Our students mostly come from Central America and the Caribbean.
Their families do not apply for WICK, Aid to dependent families and children, or welfare, but they represent the poorest of the poor in our country. You will never meet a kinder, harder working group of kids anywhere.
I teach 850 students. I teach every student to draw and paint realistically, just like any good music teacher teaches every student to sing in tune. They are acquired skills. But it is a very great joy to observe and recognize students with rare talent. I would like to encourage 30 of my most gifted art students to recognize how special their talents are, by matting one of their works to take home. That's why I am asking for 30 mats. Each mat is $4.30 each, which doesn't seem like much. But to a child of poverty, that matted piece of art means so much more. It means that they have what it takes to be a great artist someday, a fashion designer, an art teacher, an interior designer, a graphic artist, an architect, or some other art profession. It encourages them to work everyday at art so that they can continue to develop their great talent.
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