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Mrs. Skowyra from Palmer MA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional Photography Studio Equipment Needed for Student Business Plans

My students need professional photography studio equipment like these backdrops and shooting tent cubes in order to take low-income Senior photos.

  • $585 goal

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My Students

Students select our Business Technology program because they are hard-working, self-motivated, and want to achieve success in life. We teach our students how recognize a need, create a product/service to solve this need, and how to write a business plan and start their own business. Many of our students are talented photographers and would someday like to own a photography business. They need to start developing their portfolios, but unfortunately we don't have sufficient photography equipment for them to use.

My Project

Students who are motivated, determined, and hard-working are drawn to our Business Technology Vocational Program because we teach them how to come up with their own products/services, write a business plan, and start their own businesses. In our program, students also have the opportunity to compete in several business plan and photography competitions at the high school level.

As we have a significant number of Seniors who can't afford to have professional photos taken, our Business Technology students have offered to take their photos for free.

Digital copies of these photos will be given to the student (at no charge), used for their Senior photo in the yearbook, and will also help Business Technology students develop their photography portfolios.

We have many students who are talented photographers and artists, but our classroom is lacking the necessary equipment for students to take portrait-style photos. We need quality photography studio set-ups so that students may take photos of people and products (we also run the school store) with sufficient lighting and the correct backdrop (which can be edited using the software we train students in).

Support for our classroom photography equipment (professional photography large shooting box with lighting and backdrops and the Neewer triple background Backdrop support system) will allow students to take professional photos of students for the yearbook, the school website and social media accounts, their student portfolios, their digital art projects, competitions, and the school store (products).

Our school serves students from over 15 surrounding towns, many of which are farming or mill communities with middle to high poverty levels. It is our goal to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in the world of business.

Mrs. Skowyra
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Professional Photography Studio Dimmable LED Large Shooting Tent Cube 47x39x78 inch Photo Video Continuous Lighting Shoot Tents Soft Box with 3 Colors PVC Backdrops and Carrying Bag • Amazon Business $339.99 1 $339.99
Neewer Triple Background Backdrop Support System with Carrying Case - Maximum 10x10 feet/3x3 meters(Height x Width) for Photography Muslin, Paper and Canvas Backdrop for Photo Video Studio Shooting • Amazon Business $119.99 1 $119.99

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