My students need chalk for our annual school wide chalk art festival.
This project expired on July 15, 2016.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Life is colorful! We are so lucky to work in a vibrant community that celebrates the arts. Every year our school puts on a school wide chalk art festival that coincides with our Open House. Children are excited to share their artwork, which encourages many families to come to the school.
We are a Title 1 school with a diverse population, both socioeconomically and culturally.
We serve a high population of homeless students. We are located in the center of our small city. We serve about 250 students, of which, close to 60% receive free/reduced lunch. Students speak Spanish, Farsi, Somali, and many other languages. Our small community struggles economically and finding time to participate in school events can be challenging. Many families come to school to help during the event and most come back in the evening to view the extensive artwork covering all of the sidewalks around our school and then go inside to enjoy Open House.
Every year during the week of Open House, we schedule a school wide chalk art festival. Each child in the school is assigned a large square on the sidewalk surrounding the school to use as their canvas. Prior to this event, the children learn about artists who use chalk and sidewalks as their medium of expression. This school wide event builds community within the student body. The children are often very excited to share their artwork with families, which is the reason some families come to Open House. Without this reason to share, some families wouldn't come to school at all. This project has opened the doors to many families that were hesitant to come in and is anticipated by all. As a Title 1 school, funding this project is a challenge every year. Our PTA doesn't have adequate resources to keep up with their basic funding needs and there is little to nothing left for extra projects of this kind.
Without a donation to buy chalk, this annual event will likely not happen.
Our school community doesn't have the resources to provide the chalk needed for this project. This project builds community between the school and our families.
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