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Ms. Rakes from Bartlesville OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Read, Draw, Paint, and Create!

My students need an assortment of books to create an art library to encourage creativity.

  • $636 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students have large gaps in reading comprehension and math skills. Most are below grade level and have little to no support from home. They are struggling readers and have many obstacles to overcome in regards to their learning. They have limited exposure to the arts and experiences outside their small neighborhood. Even with all of these challenges, they are still curious and motivated to learn.

My students love coming into the art room and discovering new artists, concepts, and creating unique and beautiful works of art.

There are many challenges to overcome but I know with the right resources and enriched curriculum they can achieve great things!

My Project

Through this project my hope is create an extensive art library to help encourage creativity in the art room. The books requested will be used in a variety of ways. First, I intend to use many of the stories for an introduction and extension of basic art concepts. For example, Mixed: A Colorful Story and Monsters Love Color to introduce Color Theory and the Color Wheel for my Kindergarten students. I'm also going to use the resources in small group activities. For example, Andy Warhol So Many Stars, Henri's Scissors, and Sandy's Circus in the biography study of artists for my 3rd grade students. Each of the books requested will be utilized to encourage creativity and exploration of new artists and ideas.

I want to provide fun and engaging resources to inspire my students in their art.

Inspiration is found all around and I will use the requested books to allow my students to explore their creativity and increase their knowledge of valuable art history and art processes.

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Ms. Rakes
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 380 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Art Workshops for Children • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Dia de Los Muertos • Amazon Business $16.13 1 $16.13
Art Workshop for Children: How to Foster Original Thinking with more than 25 Process Art Experiences • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
The World of Eric Carle(TM) Eric Carle Number Flash Cards • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Max's Words • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
I'm NOT just a Scribble... • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Mixed: A Colorful Story • Amazon Business $13.97 1 $13.97
Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Paint Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Painting and Mixed Media for Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series) • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
The Line • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Big Book of Bugs • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
The Big Book of the Blue • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Pantone: Color Puzzles: 6 Color-Matching Puzzles • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Andy Warhol So Many Stars • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Cat and the Bird: A Children's Book Inspired by Paul Klee • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Pantone: Color Cards: 18 Oversized Flash Cards • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Henri's Scissors • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Technicolor Treasure Hunt: Learn to count with nature • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book • Amazon Business $11.26 1 $11.26
Pattern-tastic Treasure Hunt: Spot the odd one out with nature • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
The Roll-Away Pumpkin • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Eraser • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Pantone: Box of Color: 6 Mini Board Books! • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
Walking in a Winter Wonderland • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Monsters Love Colors • Amazon Business $10.41 1 $10.41
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Singing in the Rain • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
My Name Is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Birds & Other Animals with Pablo Picasso (First Concepts with Fine Artists series) • Amazon Business $7.47 1 $7.47
A B See • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Pantone: Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Day of the Dead • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Ten Timid Ghosts (Read With Me Paperbacks) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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