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Let's Get Our Colored Pencil On!
My students need 3 master packs of colored pencils! Last year, over 75 of my low SES, at-risk students won Art awards. We are already almost out of colored pencils for the school year.
Imagine that you are capable of creating great things; you have an unbridled imagination just itching to let loose. You (finally!) get to have Art every day, but the materials are old, used-up, and/or really meant for elementary students.
I teach over 900 students at a Title I school in metro Atlanta.
My students are 72% African American, 14% White, non-Hispanic, 13% Hispanic, and less than 1% Asian. The class size average for my Art courses is 40+ students. People often judge environments and students like mine as "bad," "under-educated," "criminal," and "poor." The reality is I teach the under-served, under-recognized, and under-celebrated. My students are incredible. Last year, over 75 students won Art awards at local, state, and national contests. They are annually published and recognized in magazines and books. Many of my students have only had Art once a week (if that) since Kindergarten. Most of my students have limited access to Art and/or Art supplies outside of the classroom. Yet, my students can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with students whom have had access to more Art and more educational opportunities. They are amazing, and I stand in awe of what they accomplish with limited means and access.
My school heavily supports the Arts, but we are still somewhat under-funded. My annual budget is very small, and I spend most of it on basics like crayons, paper, and tempera paint. My students need access to more supplies and higher-end Art supplies. The school purchased two class sets of colored pencils, and my students have already used these pencils to nubs making incredible artworks. We have almost no colored pencils left, and we need more pencils desperately. It doesn't sound as if colored pencils are such a fancy Art supply, but what my students can do with the humble colored pencil is varied and amazing.
We need funding for colored pencils, because without this funding my students will not be able to create color pencil-based artworks.
Currently, the supplies we have left are glue, paper, tempera paint, acrylic paint, chalk pastels, oil pastels, and crayons. We manage to do a lot with a little, and we are forever recycling in order to vary creations. . .But, we really, really, really need colored pencils.
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