Dec 2, 2011

Shoestring Sharing: Support Art in Schools!

Philanthropy to fit your budget: You CAN make a difference! 

I was lucky enough to attend public schools that provided me regular access to art education. In elementary school, I got to play with paints, papers, pastels and more on a weekly basis. In high school I was able to try my hand at more advanced crafts: cutting away at blocks of linoleum for printmaking and learning drawing techniques like pointillism & cross-hatching. But not everyone is so lucky. There are so many schools out there that are sorely underfunded and one of the hardest hit areas is the arts. Schools across the U.S., particularly in low-income communities both rural and urban, struggle just to be able to offer up-to-date text books & keep up with regular grounds maintenance.

So if you're looking for a way to give, I urge you to donate art supplies to a school in need--be it in your community or a little farther afield. And it doesn't have to be fancy: packets of construction paper, markers, crayons, glue...the simplest, and in many cases, least expensive items can have a big impact. And a special shout-out to any suburbanites who belong to discount club retail chains like Costco or Sam's Club, do you really need that gross of Pop-Tarts? How about picking up a few value-packs of kids' scissors & colored pencils to donate instead? Your waistline & your spirit will thank you! 

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