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Ms. Varoski from Brooklyn NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Personalized Egyptian Sarcophagi

My students need paint, scissors, and paper to create their life-sized sarcophagi as part of their unit of study on Egyptian history.

  • $512 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Help Ancient Egyptian history come alive for my students! Aid their discovery through the creation of personalized sarcophagi.

My students are a challenging, dynamic, funny and engaging group of middle school students.

Yes, they fit into a lot of categories: they are high-needs, 40% of them are being raised by someone who is not a family member, 100% of them qualify for free or reduced lunch and they attend a public middle school that is small (400-450 students) in Brooklyn, New York. BUT when I get them going on a project that challenges them, allows for self-expression and piques their interest nothing can stop them.

My Project

What can be better than creating a life-sized self-portrait in paint? For a kid in middle school, not much. This project makes Ancient Egyptian history come alive as my students get to be artisans creating their own sarcophagi. They draw them out, we decide as a group, after looking at Egyptian artwork, what colors to use to make the work more realistic, and then using a "dictionary" of hieroglyphics, symbols and pattern from Egypt the students set out on their task. They figure out not only how to write their names but also how to communicate in this limited language and limited color palette, what is important in their lives. My students lean about artwork from Ancient Egypt and about limited color palettes and how to paint but more importantly, they discover how artists throughout the ages told their stories and the stories of their time in pictures and symbols. This project allows students to enter the stream of history.

This is a project that the entire 6th grade will do: it makes for a great display in the school and the students are so proud of their work because even for students whose drawing skills are below others, they are still able to be successful with this project.

Hallways displaying the work of these kings and queens of Ancient Egypt decorate the school. Creating this work allows me to weave in history and art so successfully that students look forward to that part of every project after this.

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Ms. Varoski
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
SCHOOLWORKS SCISSORS/7IN SAFETY • Blick Art Materials $1.70 10 $17.00
NATURAL KRAFT PAPER/BRN 40LB 1000FT ZZ • Blick Art Materials $45.04 1 $45.04
PUMP LIDS/GALLON • Blick Art Materials $1.95 6 $11.70
DB STUDENT TEMPERA/BLK GAL • Blick Art Materials $11.01 3 $33.03
DB STUDENT TEMPERA/BLU GAL • Blick Art Materials $11.01 6 $66.06
DB STUDENT TEMPERA/MGNTA GAL • Blick Art Materials $11.01 1 $11.01
DB STUDENT TEMPERA/RED GAL • Blick Art Materials $11.01 6 $66.06
DB STUDENT TEMPERA/WHT GAL • Blick Art Materials $11.01 6 $66.06
DB STUDENT TEMPERA/YLW GAL • Blick Art Materials $11.01 6 $66.06
Item Shipping/Handling Charges • Blick Art Materials $12.00 1 $12.00

Materials cost

$394.02

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.91

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$434.93

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.75

Total project goal

$511.68

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$511.68

8 Donors

-$501.68

Donations toward project cost

-$426.43

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$75.25

match offer

-$10.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$8.50

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$1.50

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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