Greetings! I’m kicking off my annual Art Supply Drive to benefit at-risk public school students, and hope you’ll participate and help give my students the gift of art! You may notice that I’m starting my Art Supply Drive earlier than usual, which I’m doing so the drive coincides with the back to school sales that are going on right now. There are great deals to be had on some of the items I use in the art supply kits – perhaps you’ll be so kind as to purchase these great deals when you see them. :]*
I gather donations and art supplies, and teach as many classroom of students as I have supplies for (three classrooms in the 2012-2013 school year). I provide each student with a blank journal and a packet of art supplies when I first visit the class. I teach the children art journaling in the early part of their school year, and then 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!
Why I Do This…
My mission is to provide as many children as I can with art journaling instruction and supplies. Not only does this program nurture their creativity and provide art instruction that would otherwise be missing because of curriculum and budget constraints, art journaling also helps get the children excited about their overall educational experience.
And, perhaps most importantly, art journaling gives the children a constructive way to express themselves and process the world around them. This is particularly important for these at-risk students, who are sometimes facing the effects of poverty, abuse, neglect, exposure to gangs and drugs, and absent parents.
I, too, faced many challenges when I was a child, including abuse and poverty, and know from experience that creative self-expression can be a lifesaver. I know that a trustworthy adult taking a special interest in you can make a big impression, and that a proverbial pat on the back can really boost one’s self-esteem. I also know that art and writing have the power to strengthen, nourish, and heal, and hope to plant a love for art journaling and creative self-expression in the lives of as many children as I can.
Though donations aren’t yet tax-deductible, I hope you’ll help provide art journaling supplies for the children. Thank you for your consideration!
Here are the top 10 items on my wish list, along with links to specific items (in some cases):
1. 9″ x 9″ spiral top sketch books, which the children will use for their art journals (Office Max gift cards)
2. Michaels gift cards: I will use these to purchase mini ink pads and mini paper punches
3. Glue sticks
5. Crayola crayons – 8-pack
6. 2.5 Gallon Hefty OneZip bags to hold each child’s supplies
7. Fabric squares – 5″ x 5″ or smaller
8. Pencils – unsharpened
9. Alphabet Sticker sets (any complete alphabet sticker sets are welcome – this is just an example)
10. Ball point pens
To see my overall wish list, which includes more of the items I like to include in the supply kits, please click here. The list is towards the bottom.
A Bigger Goal = Art for More Children!
Last year I taught three classrooms full of students, with your help and donations, and am hoping to double that this year. The principal at my Santa Ana school would love me to teach ALL FOUR of their 4th grade classes this year, and I hope to teach in two classrooms in Ontario as well. With six classrooms I’d be teaching approximately 220 students, and love the idea of bringing art journaling to hundreds of students this coming school year. I’d really appreciate your help in reaching my goal of 220 art kits. I know we can do it! Naturally I don’t expect one person to donate 22o of any particular item – am just letting you know what my total student goal is. :]
You may send any supplies, gift cards, or checks to me at the following mailing address:
Melody M. Nuñez
P.O. Box 60030
Irvine, CA 92602
Art Supply Drive Deadline
Please mail your donation for this year’s drive by August 31st so I can log, sort, shop and assemble all the supplies into kits for this year’s students. That said, I accept donations year-round, so if you can’t mail by August 31st, I’ll happily accept your kind donation any time of year.
Big thanks to all those who have donated in past years. Extra big thanks to those of you who donate each and every year! I appreciate your support, and the kids, teachers, and administrators do, too. If this will be your first time donating to my program, please know all supplies and donations are used happily by the children and are SO appreciated. Please feel free to post a comment or to email me with any questions.
I hope you’re all having a great week, dear readers…