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Mrs. Downes from Erie PA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning through Art and Music

My students need a CD player, CDs and musical instruments for music center. They also need collage materials for the art center.

  • $1,499 goal

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My Students

I have eighteen amazing pre-k students. They live in an urban area and face many struggles and challenges. School is a very important place for them. It is a safe place where they come to grow, learn and explore. I truly love teaching them and helping them to build their foundation for future learning. They absorb new information like sponges and have an excitement for life. They always keep me laughing with their funny stories and sayings. I look forward to watching them grow and learn this school year.

My Project

Children are naturally curious and love to explore the world around them. Art and music are wonderful ways to cultivate children's imaginations. It will help them to become more flexible and inventive thinkers. It will also help to develop their physical, emotional, and mental capabilities. I want to create a music center using the storage shelf and bins. I want to fill the bins with a variety of instruments. I think it would be great to have instruments that are familiar to them, as well as instruments from around the world and homemade instruments. The items requested for the art center such as paper and collage materials will be used to replenish the materials that have been used throughout the year. This will make it possible for the students to have an inviting and engaging art and music center. When children are engaged in creative arts, it helps them to build a strong foundation for future learning.

Art and music are great ways to help children to make connections in their brain, to learn and to have fun.

While students are participating in art activities they are developing fine motor skills by grasping pencils, crayons, chalk and paint brushes. They are also learning and practicing critical thinking skills. They learn math skills like size, shape, counting, and making comparisons. They also learn language skills as they describe and share their artwork with others. In addition to art, music is a valuable tool to aide in student learning. When children are exposed to music from early childhood and on, it helps with speaking skills, development of vocabulary, and also strengthens social and emotional skills.

Mrs. Downes
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 18 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
JJ165 - Classic Birch 8-Cubby Storage Unit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $199.00 1 $199.00
RE100X - Instruments from Around the World Collection • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 1 $129.00
CE527 - Sing-Along Digital Jukebox with CD Player • Lakeshore Learning Materials $129.00 1 $129.00
ECR4Kids Scoop Front Storage Bins, Clear (10-Pack) • Amazon Business $43.23 2 $86.46
LC210 - Sounds of Nature Instrument Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $59.99 1 $59.99
WT111 - Clear-View Bins - Set of 8 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $55.50 1 $55.50
Rhythm Music Lummi Sticks - 24 Pack With Four Different Colors - Enjoyable and Economic Way To Teach Kids and Children Rhythm And Music In The Classroom • Amazon Business $25.99 2 $51.98
Crayola Colored Pencil Bulk, 240 Count Classpack, 12 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $33.04 1 $33.04
School Smart 60 pound Finger Paint Paper - 11 x 16 inches - Pack of 100 - White • Amazon Business $10.64 3 $31.92
TT211 - 3-D Collage Box • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Melissa & Doug Easel Pad Bundle 50 Sheets 2-Pack • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
TOPTIK 12 PCS Rhythm Ribbon Dance Rainbow Ribbon Set for Kids • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Storex Small Cubby Bin, 12.2 x 7.8 x 5.1 Inches, Classroom Assorted Colors, Case of 6 (62414U06C) • Amazon Business $26.42 1 $26.42
Spirograph Deluxe Design Set • Amazon Business $20.39 1 $20.39
Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks • Amazon Business $9.86 2 $19.72
Tot Tutors Kids' Primary Colors Small Storage Bins, Set of 4 • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
50 Piece Rainbow Scratch Paper - 4 Wooden Styluses Included - Create Rainbow Scratch Art With This Jumbo Craft Pack • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Glitter Gel Pen by Aen Art, Set of 100 Unique Colors Glitter Pens with Grip for Adult Coloring Books Bullet Journal Crafting Doodling Drawing - Perfect Gift Idea • Amazon Business $16.59 1 $16.59
Plastic Mosaic Shapes • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.11 1 $16.11
Leaping Literacy • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Bean Bag Activities & Coordination Skills • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Rhythm Sticks Rap and Tap • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Pom Poms Bright Hues - 100 Count (Assorted Sizes) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $7.61 2 $15.22
LA520 - Peel & Stick Foam Cubes - Set of 600 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
Glitter (Set of 12) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $14.41 1 $14.41
TG165 - Messy Mats - Set of 5 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 1 $12.99
Designer Craft Sticks • Kaplan Early Learning Company $12.71 1 $12.71
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art Set: 16 Boards, 2 Stylus Tools, 3 Frames • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
Wonderfoam(r) Beads and Cords • Kaplan Early Learning Company $11.86 1 $11.86
Sequins and Spangles (4 oz. Assorted) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.91 2 $11.82
Magic Nuudles Bold Classroom Bag • Kaplan Early Learning Company $10.16 1 $10.16
AD576 - Pony Beads • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
FF291 - Rainbow Scratch Paper Animals • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Magic Color Scratch Animal Masks (2 Dozen) • Amazon Business $8.06 1 $8.06
Art-A-Roni • Kaplan Early Learning Company $7.61 1 $7.61
Bucket O Buttons (16 Ounce) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $7.61 1 $7.61
Magic Paper Shapes (600 Pieces) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $7.61 1 $7.61
TT112 - Scratch Art Design Tools • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 1 $6.99
Colored Wood Party Shapes • Kaplan Early Learning Company $5.91 1 $5.91

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