School's Back in Session!
Another summer is over and the school bells are ringing. You’ve probably noticed all the moms and dads zipping from store to store, purchasing all manner of supplies for their school-age kiddos. Sadly, each year we also hear about the kids that don’t get all their supplies in time for school... and the schools that have their budgets cut each year for basic supplies. The first things they cut are art supplies. This is a shame, because it has already been shown that kids that get to experience the arts do better in school. As you might easily guess, art class was always my favorite (surprise, surprise!).
Being artists ourselves, we completely understand the value of exposing young minds to art early on in their education. We have found a great website that helps teachers in a great way! It's Donorschoose.org.
Their website explains it like this!
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on our site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you'll also receive hand-written thank-you's from the students.
Another really fun fact, you get to leave a note to the teacher and class on why you chose to sponsor their project. We love this charity because you get to see your contribution in action and can even choose schools in your own area. Here’s a little walk thru on how you can donate.
- You can choose to filter the projects based on the lowest cost, urgency, highest poverty, most donors or fewest days left. Most of these are self explanatory filters; the only one I’ll explain is the most donors. For example if you have a small amount to donate you could look at the projects with the most donors and possibly find one that your donation could bring to completion.
- You can also choose a specific area of study. We chose art because it is near and dear to our heart, but all school subjects are there to choose from. We also chose to support a school in Houston. This part was a little tricky to find on the website. Start with the state. Then narrow down the city, and then choose the area of education. When we did it another way we couldn't find schools in Houston.
- Once you get back the desired search results, you can read each teachers' request and choose the project you want to sponsor. I loved how creative some of the teachers were with their titles and project information. It made us feel great to help out a local teacher trying to make her classroom a little brighter for her students.
We look forward to hearing from the classroom we sponsored, and will fill all of you in on the details as they arrive this fall. If you reach out to this group, please let us know about your experience!
Do you have a favorite charity that helps education or the arts? We’d love for you to leave a comment and tell us all about it.
Sincerely, Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF, Master Artisan firstname.lastname@example.org