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Ms. Kamandulis from Indianola MS is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Starting From Scratch - Help Us in Art!

My students need clay and modeling tools for 3D sculptures, soft pastels, fine point markers and all-media paper to continue our year in art.

  • $470 goal

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My Students

"...(audible sigh of wonder) This is beauuuuuuuuuutiful ..." - a quote by one of my 1st grade students upon entering our closet-turned-cave filled with their own prehistoric works of art... Experiences like these shouldn't be limited to the size of a teacher's wallet, yet they too often are.

My kindergartners, 1st-, and 2nd-graders are passionate and professional - they realize what a special gift it is to have art (our school has never offered it before), so they don't mess around when a paintbrush or any other art material sits on the table before them.

Each of our 550+ students lives in the Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest regions in the U.S. 97% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Parents can barely afford school supplies, let alone art supplies, so it is clear how deeply students appreciate art in the classroom. Yet, however well-mannered they may be when it comes to art time, few can contain their excitement and wonder over the discoveries being made in the artwork they've created. From the loudest kindergarten GASP!s, to the most sincere, under-their-breath "Oh, my God"s, students across the board have had some of their most memorable learning experiences in our art class, and their hunger for more art shows no signs of stopping.

My Project

The clay and modeling tools will be used to construct Latin American sun-faces during our Native Cultures unit, while the soft pastels will help us create Monet-like works of soft color transitions. The fine-point markers will help students mark details in line with a boldness and finality found only with marker-use. The paper will be cut and used as a canvas for various projects throughout the year. Each of these materials will send students hearts into a flurry -- for most, this will be their only opportunity to handle clay, and few if any have ever even touched a pastel. All will delight in discovering the possibilities with each of these new materials.

Your kindness in funding this project will ensure that students in even the worst economic situations can still enjoy the wonders of art.

This class may be the only formal art experience most of the students within my school district will receive until high school. Please help secure art for these students by helping fund these supplies. Their futures and their current creative livelihood depend on it.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
BLICK ALL MEDIA PAPR/WHT 22X30 • Blick Art Materials $0.49 100 $49.00
SHARPIE FINE PT MRKR/12CT/FREE PAINT MRKR • Blick Art Materials $9.79 15 $146.85
ALPHACOLOR PASTELS/ASST SET12 • Blick Art Materials $4.78 15 $71.70
STUDENT POTTERY/MODELNG TOOLS/CANSTR • Blick Art Materials $34.94 1 $34.94
CRAYOLA AIR DRY CLAY/WHT 25LB VALUE PACK • Blick Art Materials $33.16 1 $33.16

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