I'm cross posting from my Facebook and a few other forums online, and it's copypasta, but it's super important.So this year my budget for art supplies has officially hit $0. I am not getting a dime and I'm not exaggerating.
This is not a result of unwise spending on my part or squandering it on special items. Our student population has gotten a bit smaller than previous years, and since funding is based on attendance, I'm getting the short end of the financial stick. I'm running out of all-purpose white paper. I'm running out of ceramic clay. I'm very low on paints and brushes. I'm almost out of regular old white glue. My last order managed to carry me through a year and a half, but I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel for supplies. I already dropped my own money on a single student who needed specific supplies, since students are selecting their own projects this year.
Donors Choose has turned our school down because we're technically a not-for-profit and not a k-12 public school.
ReditGifts for teachers had one taker who is sending me something, but it probably will be a small gift from a single person who is very kind and generous. I haven't received it yet and have no idea what is inside the package.
I'm going to toot my own horn here and say that I'm a damn good art teacher, but without supplies I'm going to be at a complete loss. There's a long list of stuff I would really like, and a really short list of what I'm going to be screwed without. I teach all special-needs kids who have everything ranging from ADHD to severe social/psychological issues and everything in-between, with some combinations just for kicks.
I hate begging, but there you have it. Anyone, ANYONE, can donate at the link. Share it with everyone and anyone you know. Let them know that the arts program is scrambling for cash and supplies, and right now it's just me and the director trying to get supplies. If you can't help with money or supplies, help by sharing the Adopt-A-Class link with everyone you know. Maybe enough people can throw money at this problem to fix it.Link to donate money via Adopt-A-Classroom
If you want to see a list of what I am trying to buy for my classroom:Blick Art Wishlist
If you have any questions, let me know and I'll answer as promptly as I can.