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Art Journaling Supply Drive for 2014-15!

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Hurray for ART! I’m pleased to share that I will be able to teach at my Santa Ana school this year after all, in addition to the two classrooms I’m already donating vacation days for in Ontario. My fabulous employer is going to cover my usual work hours for the 3 days I’ll need to work with the kids in Santa Ana this school year – woo hoo! The school is going to provide the core items needed for the kits out of their budget (sketchbook, scissors, crayons, and glue sticks), and I’m going to do all I can to help provide the other supplies that the kids have such fun creating with – things like mini ink pads, ribbon, fabric, and more.

And that’s where I hope you’ll come in, dear reader. Please consider donating supplies or a gift card to help bring art journaling to the entire 4th grade at Wilson Elementary School. If you’re not familiar with my art program for kids, please take a peek HERE and read about my volunteer work with the kids.

SUPPLY WISH LIST

Cotton fabric squares – 4 or 5”
Ribbon – at least ½” wide, please…
Playing Cards
Loteria/Mexican Bingo sets
Patterned paper – 8 ½” x 11” or smaller
Punchinella
Envelopes
Stickers
Cancelled postage stamps

Gift cards for Michaels – to purchase mini ink pads for each child
https://merchant.sgiftcard.com/chrome/michaels
(I’ll happily receive e-gift cards at this email address: melody @ melodynunez dot com)

I’m gathering supplies for 150 kits (four classrooms full of fourth graders!).
Please let me know if you’d like to help me bring art supplies and instruction to the kids.
I’ll be happy to provide my mailing address if you email me via my Contact page.

Thanks a bunch!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Santa Ana Art Journal Show

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I visited my Santa Ana school last Friday, and attended art journal shows for all four of my fourth grade classes.  It was super exciting to have all 4th graders participate in art journaling this year, and feedback from the children and their teachers was incredible.  The kids had a blast creating art and expressing themselves, and were excited to share with me and the others in attendance at our shows.

The teachers had nothing but positive things to say as well.  Woo hoo!  They loved seeing the children so enthusiastically engaged and – given the current academic climate that’s so testing-focused – appreciated that their students had the opportunity to express themselves creatively in an unstructured way.

Again, thank you SO much to those of you who’ve helped me bring art journaling to my Santa Ana and Ontario schools this year and in years past.  I estimate that a little over 500 students have received art instruction and supplies since I started volunteer teaching back in 2003, which makes my heart happy. :] Thank you for your help and support!

Here’s a small sampling of the pages that were created by my Santa Ana students, since I can’t share art from all 14o of them.  They’re such wonderful artists!

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beach

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at some of the art my students created.  I also hope you have a wonderful week!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Ontario Art Journal Show & Program Update

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I recently visited the school in Ontario where I have two classrooms of 4th grade art journaling students. It was the day of our art journaling shows, and a great time was had by all! I loved seeing the amazing pages my young students had created. They were excited to share, and naturally I had to take some pictures of their work to share with all of you.

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I think their journals and pages are charming and inventive, and I’m thrilled that 70-ish kids at this school received art instruction and enrichment. Art seems like it should be a given in schools, but sadly it’s NOT – so huge thanks to all of you who supported my art journaling program this year and in years past. We’ve made a difference in the lives of many! Stay tuned for pictures from the art journal shows that are coming up at my Santa Ana school, where I have four classrooms of 4th graders participating in the art journaling program. The photos should be posted in early to mid June.

Program Update
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During this coming school year I’ll be teaching one classroom of students, in my aunt’s classroom in Ontario. Given that I won’t have dedicated art supply storage space in a garage after our upcoming move, and that I’ve been giving up much of my vacation time to volunteer teaching for the past four years, I’m going to be putting my program on hold. Changes in life circumstance and fewer donations have given me cause to evaluate the trajectory of this program, and it seems that this is a good time to pause. I’ll let you know if/when I restart.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kindness, generosity, and enthusiasm many of you have shown over the years.  Together we’ve brought art supplies and instruction to over 500 at-risk children!  Hurray!

Warm regards,
Melody

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My Art Journaling Program: Art Supply Drive & Something a Bit Different for This Fall

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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
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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?
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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
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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.

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Wish List
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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
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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!

Warm regards,
Melody

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News for the New Year

Happy 2014, dear readers!  I’m here to share some news today, and hope you’ll read through to the end.

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Thank You

I’d like to thank those who offered their condolences on my December 10th blog post or emailed me.  I appreciate your kind words, and appreciate you reaching out with comfort…

I’m Trying Something New

One of my goals for for 2014 is to focus more on self-care.  To that end, I’m going to give yoga a serious try.  I think it will be beneficial both physically and mentally, and since a new yoga studio just opened about a block away from home I have no reason not to give it a whirl.  Do any of you do yoga?  Do you have any tips or suggestions for a newbie?

I Checked Something BIG Off My List!

As many of you know, I volunteer-teach art journaling to at-risk children.  I’d been wanting to create some videos with supplemental art lessons for the kids for a while now.  The goal?  To offer art instruction beyond the Introduction to Art Journaling I teach during my initial visit.  (Ideally I’d visit each classroom weekly or monthly, but since I work full-time that’s not an option)

I recently worked with Bad Bunny Studios to bring these videos to life.  We finished production on the videos in late November, and the editing process was just wrapped.  Next up is the printing of the labels and DVD duplication.  Hurray!  Though I’m not one that loves being on camera, I’m thrilled that these videos have come to fruition.  This is a big step forward for the program, since the children will now receive more instruction and these lessons can be used each year.  I offer big thanks to Bad Bunny Studios – I appreciate your time and efforts!  :]

Quick & Easy Donations

Speaking of my art journaling program, I’m also pleased to share that making donations is now super quick and easy!  I’ve signed on with GoFundMe, a site that offers an easy and secure way to donate to great causes.  Please take a peek at my fundraising page here.  All funds received go directly to providing art supplies to at-risk kids, so please consider starting 2014 off with some good karma by making a donation.

Art Heals

It’s no secret that art is a therapeutic tool for me and for many others in this crazy world.  I often turn to art journaling to help me through tough times, but other creative endeavors work too.  My medium of choice in the last few weeks has been assemblage.  I’ve created four assemblages thus far, and anticipate making more in the coming weeks. I’ll be sharing these first works here on my blog, and may offer some of them for sale in my Etsy shop, so please keep an eye out.

What do you do when trying to work through something challenging, dear readers?  Make art?  Run?  Drink wine?  Journal?  Please share, if you’re so inclined.  Until next time….

Warm regards,
Melody

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My Art Supply Drive: There’s Still Time to Donate!

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Greetings!  I hope your week is going well thus far.  I just thought I’d pop in and share that my annual Art Supply Drive is winding down.  This is the last week of my official drive.  Next I’ll do some shopping, and will then move on to creating a kit of supplies for each child.  So far I have enough supplies to teach two classrooms of children – my goal is six classrooms.

There’s Still Time!
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Did you plan on donating – just haven’t gotten everything together yet?  Fear not!  Whether you plan on sending in assorted supplies, a check, or gift cards, I’ll happily accept your donations after August has come to an end.  However, I’d really appreciate it if you could email me and tell me what you plan to send – and your donation’s ETA.  :]

These are the items I currently need the most:

You’re welcome to send just about anything, though.  Whether you pull items from your personal stash of art and craft supplies or purchase something especially for the kids, it will all be put to good use. :]

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Big thanks to those of you who have already donated supplies for my at-risk students – SO kind of you! I’ll be sure to post photos that I take when I go in to teach.  I wish you could be there with me to see how excited the kids get, and to hear their many thank yous.  I’ll do my best to capture some of the fun and excitement by posting here on my blog after I’ve visited the classrooms…

Warm regards,
Melody

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Kicking Off My 2013-14 Art Supply Drive!

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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. :]*

Program Basics
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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…
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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!

Wish List

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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
4. Scissors
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.

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A Bigger Goal = Art for More Children!
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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.    :]

Mailing Address
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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
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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.

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Thank you!
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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…

Warm regards,
Melody

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Thank you for making the Art Supply Drive a success!

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be able to teach art journaling to three classrooms of 4th grade children this year.  Woo hoo!  Over 20 people donated art supplies, gift cards and checks during last month’s drive, and I’m so thankful for their kindness, generosity of spirit, and follow through.  These donations, combined with those received earlier this year, will provide instruction and supplies to over 120 at-risk children this school year.  I’m so happy and excited!

If you happen to be one of the people who wanted to donate but didn’t quite get around to it – don’t despair, and please don’t give up.  I accept donations year-round, whether it’s October, February, or April! It’s never too late.  :]  The kids benefit so much from the program and everything gets put to great use, so please consider giving the gift of art.
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Speaking of art, I’ll be posting some of my own art on Thursday.  My left hand is still pretty gimped up, but I’ve managed to do a bit of work in my art journal with my right hand.  I’ll share some of what I’ve been creating with you, so please stay tuned.
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I hope you’re all having a wonderful autumn thus far, dear readers.  Happy Tuesday!
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Warm regards,
Melody
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Exciting News!

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Art Journaling Program: Name & Website Reveal!
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I’m happy to formally announce the name of my art journaling program for at-risk children: Bits & Pieces Art Program!  I selected the name partly because I encourage the children to use “bits and pieces of things” (like papers, ribbon, aluminum foil, etc.) in their art journals.  I also chose Bits & Pieces because we reveal bits and pieces of ourselves when we write, collage, draw and otherwise create.

Bits & Pieces Art Program now has its own website: www.bitsandpiecesart.org

Huge thanks to my husband, José, who did an awesome job building the site.  I hope you’ll all check it out!

Art Supply Drive Reminder
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There’s still time to donate art supplies, gift cards or funds to support my at-risk art journaling students. I really appreciate those of you who have reached out to give, and urge those of you who would like to donate to do so today. I have enough donations for one class thus far, but would love to teach two or three classrooms full of students this year and hope more donations will come rolling in soon.  :]

TWO EASY WAYS TO DONATE ONLINE:

Michaels will send GIFT CARDS directly to your recipient!   (In this case, that would be me.)  If you’d like to order a gift card, please email me through the contact form, and I’ll happily provide my mailing address.

Donate through www.skybluepink.com!  Christina, the wonderful proprietress at SkyBluePink has a special page set up so folks can donate to my program!  You can donate in increments of $5, and can help provide blank journals, scissors, ink pads or Loteria/Mexican Bingo sets.  SkyBluePink then sends me supplies – purchased and provided at cost.  Big thanks to Christina for this helpful option!

Art Journaling Program – NEW VIDEO!
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Hubby created a new video for my Bits & Pieces Art Program back in June, and I think he did a terrific job. Have you seen it yet?  If not, please take a peek!  Just three minutes long, you’ll see footage from one of the 2012 art journaling shows, will see student artwork, and will hear feedback from teachers and one of the school principals.  This program IS making a difference!  :]

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding donations, and please feel free to offer feedback on the program video and website.  I appreciate all those who have donated and/or otherwise supported my efforts in the classroom – you’re helping me make a difference in the lives of many!

With warm regards and thanks,
Melody

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2012 Art Supply Drive for At-Risk Kids!

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School is back in session and I’m hosting my annual ART SUPPLY DRIVE!  I’ll be volunteer-teaching art journaling to at-risk public school students soon, and though I donate my time and some supplies, I can’t afford to provide all they need on my own.  Won’t you please lend a hand?  Whether you choose to donate supplies, gift cards, or funds, you’ll be making a big difference in the lives of many.

Please watch this brief video to learn a bit more about my program.  It includes photos, video footage from an art journal show in Santa Ana, and testimonials from teachers and school staff – proof that art journaling is a wonderful addition to the curriculum…

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Why I Do This…
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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 often 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.

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Wish List
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My goal is to teach three classrooms full of students this year – two in Santa Ana and one in Ontario.  I hope to receive enough donations to create 135 art journaling kits for the kids (45 kits for each class). Though donations aren’t yet tax-deductible, I hope you’ll help provide art journaling supplies for the children.  Please consider donating in one of the following ways – I’ve starred the items I need the most:

**MONETARY DONATIONS in any amount.  I use the “cash” to buy the blank art journals, which are the foundation of the supply kits.

**GIFT CARDS for **Michaels, Target, or Office Max in any amount – even “remaining amounts”, like $4.73!

SUPPLIES – I’d love to receive the following in quantities of 45, 90, or 135, but will happily accept whatever you’d like to send.

**Glue sticks
*Children’s scissors
*Crayons – Crayola packs of 8
*Mini ink pads – assorted colors
*Alphabet stickers

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Paper doilies
Loteria packs (Mexican Bingo)
Pencils – unsharpened
Ballpoint Pens
Stickers
Glassine envelopes
Ribbon – at least ½” wide, please
Die cut shapes
Cancelled postage stamps
Fabric – fat quarters or other smaller pieces, please.  Pre-cut 5″ squares would be fantastic!
Cardstock – any color assortments welcome (12″ x 12″ or smaller)
Patterned paper – any assortments welcome (12″ x 12″ or smaller)

You may also send assorted arts and craft supplies, which will be put into a “mush pot” for the classroom teachers and children to pull from during the year…

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Donation Deadline

Though I accept donations year-round, I’d like to receive donations for this year’s classes by November 6, 2012.  This will allow me enough time to shop for the remaining items I need and assemble the art journaling kits for the students before heading into the classrooms.

Please email me through this site’s contact page if you would like to donate, and I’ll provide my mailing address. Oh, and please share this post with other kind and generous people you think might like to donate.  I’d love this to go viral, so please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, to online groups, and via email.  :]  Thanks so much!

Warm regards,
Melody

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