My Recent Art Journaling Classes for At-Risk Kids!

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As you know, I gather art supplies, gift cards, and monetary donations in order to provide at-risk public school children with art instruction and supplies.  This year’s donation drive went well, and I was thrilled to have enough supplies to teach three classrooms of students for the first time ever – this is one more classroom than last year/ever before.  Woo hoo!  Three cheers for all my donors!

I taught all three of my classrooms over the past two weeks, two in Ontario and one in Santa Ana, and it all went incredibly well.  The kids are always SO excited to get to learn about art and to actually do it, and they take to the art and writing involved in art journaling like little baby duckies to water!  They’re super excited when they each get their art supply kits, and are especially happy when they learn that they get to keep all the supplies and take them home at the end of the year.  It was a thrill for me to see all the kids so excited, happy, and engrossed in the activity.

Many of these kids don’t have anything like this in their lives, which makes it that much more important to them.  In fact, in one class, two girls sitting next to each other were overheard saying, “I’ve never had this many art supplies!” and “I think I might cry!”  (Happy tears, mind you.)  All the teachers I talked to were very thankful, too, saying they’d never be able to provide/buy the supplies they received.  In addition to the three classes I teach in, at least five more teachers received boxes of assorted supplies to share with their classes.

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Here are some numbers for you, so you can get an idea of what all went on, and how many supplies were passed on to schools that desperately need them:

Number of people that donated supplies, gift cards, or funds between June 2012 and December 2012: 31
Number of boxes and bags of assorted supplies that went to the two schools: 20
Number of art supply kits provided, so each child would have their own set of supplies: 125
Number of individual pieces/items in each art supply kit: 60+
Total number of 4th grade classes I taught: 3
Number of children who’ve received the gift of art via my program this year: over 85

Awesome, right?  I’m so thankful that so many of you lent a hand and helped me provide for the kids.  I can’t do this alone, and am so pleased so many of you got involved!  :]

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A truck full of supplies – and this was only some of what I was able to take out to the schools!

Here are some photos from the three classrooms I taught.  I don’t show the faces of our budding artists for privacy/safety reasons, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the art speaks for itself.  These images are of their very first art journal pages and journal covers.

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I hope you’re as charmed by their artwork as I am!  I’ll be returning to both schools before the school year ends to have art journal shows for the children, and will be sure to share photos from both events here on my blog.

If you’re interested in donating supplies to help bring art, writing and positive self-expression to children in need, please contact me.  I accept donations year-round, and appreciate any supplies, gift cards or funds I can get since I have no budget, volunteer my time, and provide some of the supplies.  Thank you for your consideration. :]

Warm regards,
Melody

 

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 29, 2013 at 9:57 am by Debbie | Permalink

    Thanks for the update, Melody. It’s amazing what kids can do with a few simple supplies…I know I can send more to you in the next few months. Keep up the great work!

  2. Posted January 29, 2013 at 10:53 am by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    Thanks so much! I agree – it’s always so fun to see what the kids do with their supply kits. They always come up with great ideas, and are so enthusiastic. :]
    Thank you for being a long-time supporter of this program!
    Melody

  3. Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:08 am by Jani N. Howe | Permalink

    Isn’t it heart-warming, Melody, to be able to do some little things to enrich children’s lives? And, often, the ‘little things’ turn out to be the ‘BIG THINGS’ that the children remember as they grow up! You know that time spent creating is remembered by them!

  4. Posted January 31, 2013 at 11:42 am by Melody | Permalink

    Jani,
    It really is heart-warming. It brings me such joy, and I’m hopeful that I’m changing their lives for the better. :]
    Melody

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