Thursday, July 26, 2012
Then there is the other side of me. The one that knows how much materials can cost in an art room. The one that says to parents and teachers and community how expensive supplies can get, and how it's always a struggle to stock the cabinets. When opportunities arise for donations and give-aways, I feel that I owe it to my school community to go, and harvest whatever I can for free, so that when I ask for something, it is truly needed. Today was one of those harvesting occasions. MNPS is a huge district, that sends out mass e-mails regarding assorted programs. I received one such email, saying that the science kits were changing over, and that teachers were invited to the warehouse during the designated hours to have first chance at whatever was available. One might think "Science? that's not me", but I thought- I wonder what stuff they have? You never know what you might find. So I went, and here's the results. Dowel rods, funnels, wooden rolling pins, clothes pins, blotter paper, clear plastic containers with lids, muffin foils, and paper making screens. My favorite find was the Tinker Toys. Great for sculpture, drawing, and the occasional center activity. The point? Don't turn down a donation without at least looking at what it is. Set limits (I counted out what I took to get class sets), be ready to share the over fill, and think about what purpose it will serve in your room rather than just what it might be. Incidentally, I ran into at least 2 other art teacher digging around in boxes-maybe it's in our DNA.