Greetings, dear readers! I hope you’re all well and happy. Although it’s only March, I’m kicking off my Art Supply Drive for the 2014-2015 school year. I know – crazy, right? I hope you’ll participate and help children in need. Please keep reading to get the scoop on what I’ll be doing differently this fall, and why I’m hosting my drive now instead of in August.
First Things First: A Bit About My Program
I volunteer teach art journaling to at-risk elementary school students. Art journaling – a combination of visual art and traditional journaling – nurtures creativity, strengthens language and fine motor skills, and bolsters a child’s self-esteem while providing a positive form of self-expression. Art journaling is a valuable tool that provides positive focus, promotes personal growth, and encourages non-violent conflict resolution through visual and verbal expression.
Donations and art materials are gathered from wonderful folks like you, and I typically teach as many classrooms of students for which we have supplies (six classrooms in the 2013-2014 school year). Each student is provided with a blank journal and a packet of art supplies upon the first visit. The children are taught art journaling in the early part of their school year, and then I return to the class during the last month of school for an art journal show – to see what they’ve created and to celebrate their artistic accomplishments.
The kids have the best time creating, and love using their art supplies. They truly love art journaling, and this creative outlet gives them a chance to shine and to express themselves – priceless!
Why So Early?
I’ll be moving in July (will still be in OC), and am unlikely to have garage space in the new complex – which affects my ability to store art supplies for my program. I’ll need to assemble the art supply kits for next year and pass on any remaining supplies before the move. Since July will be here before I know it I’m asking for your help now.
Just Two Classes This Fall
I’ll be teaching fewer classes this fall since I’m going to take a short trip/mini sabbatical in November and will need the vacation days I usually donate to my program in order to make this happen. I need to recharge my batteries, but will still teach two classes at the school in Ontario where my aunt is a 4th grade teacher.
Because I was able to store supplies and hold some extra items back from last year, I already have a number of the supplies I’ll need for the 80 art supply kits. For example, I already have all the scissors, decorative paper and cardstock, tags, pencils, mini ink pads, paper punches, playing cards, and more. My wish list is much shorter this year, and I’d be SO thankful if you’d help me fill in the gaps to ensure that two classrooms of children receive the gift of art journaling this fall.
*Please note: I don’t expect any one person to supply the entire dollar amount for the journals, all the glue sticks, etc. You’re welcome to donate in any amount or quantity. :]
- $250 to buy 80 journals/sketchbooks
(gift cards to Office Depot, checks, or donations via GoFundMe)
- 100 glue sticks – any brand
- 70 8-count packs of Crayola Crayons
- $35 for the large Ziplock bags that hold each child’s supplies
(Target gift card, check, or donation via GoFundMe)
160 Fabric Squares: please mail these to my P.O. Box
(3 kind and generous people are donating these – hurray!)
- $15 to buy single window business envelopes
(Office Depot Gift card, check, or donation via GoFundMe)
Art Supply Drive Deadline & Mailing Address
I’d love to receive all donations by April 15, 2014.
You may donate quickly, easily, and securely via my page at GoFundMe – just click here.
If you’d like to order a gift card online and have it mailed directly to me, or plan to send supplies like crayons, glue sticks, or fabric squares please use this address:
Melody M. Nuñez
P.O. Box 60030
Irvine, CA 92602
Thank you for your consideration!