I'm thinking big here! I was shocked when I found out that my students have NO art materials whatsoever at home. My students need inexpensive watercolor paints and pads.
This project expired on June 27, 2014.
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I am returning to the classroom after 15 years in the not-for-profit arts world. I feel so grateful to be teaching again! My school system and coworkers are incredibly supportive, but we do not have enough funds to provide these basic art supplies for my students to use at home.
My school is a combination elementary/middle school located in an urban Indianapolis setting with a diverse student population, including over 70% minority students and over 50% free meals.
We are one of three "Center for Inquiry" magnet schools that are part of the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system. The curriculum is unique among IPS schools because it is inquiry-based, student interest-driven and emphasizes peace studies and tolerance. We are on track to be an International Baccalaureate-certified school later this year.
What a surprise it will be to the students to learn that they have art materials that they can use at home over the summer! I took an informal poll in my classes recently and learned that almost none of my students have even the most basic materials, such as markers or watercolor sets, at home. I would love to make this possible. Upon return to school in the fall, we will celebrate the works made over the summer and decorate our school!
The summer is not fun-and-games for many children- it can be an unpredictable time where caregivers, and even meals, are not as reliable and predictable as they should be.
Having these materials can give students purpose, and the thought of sharing the finished artworks in the fall provides hope. Thank you for your consideration!
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