Each and every year, I know that I can rely on Schools Plus funding to buy music for the Choral program at Maria Carrillo High School. With absolutely no funding from our school, this money is extremely important to myself and my students. Thank you to everyone that supports the arts in our schools!
- Gail Bowers, Maria Carrillo High Choral Director
Dear Schools Plus,
Thank you so much for the check of $12,000.00 dollars. We really appreciate it. We could not function as well without your support. My Leadership teacher says her budget for 3 art classes was only $50.00 dollars per class. That's 1 pencil each student.
Your support enables her to actually buy tempera, acrylic paint, brushes, palettes, markers, scratchboard, watercolors, and all types of different papers. Also, to give the students an exciting curriculum.
We could not survive without you!
- Julie Turpin, Lawrence Cook Middle School
Dear Schools Plus,
I wanted to write to you today, and share my gratitude with you. Looking around one of my 5 Art classes today, as they laughed and explored the paintings they were making, I realized that none of their joy and growth would be possible without your organization. My Art budgets are pretty much nil these days, and although I have collected, saved, and hoarded for much of my career, the funding your organization provides for my students allows me to give them the Art Experience they need to become lifelong lovers of Art.
Thank you again, what you are doing is reaching hundreds of my students every year. You are really making a difference in SO many lives.
- Dawn Thomas, Art and Maker Teacher / Comstock Middle School / Santa Rosa Middle School
I was the art teacher at Ridgway High School from 1999 until I retired in 2006. While other high schools were charging student fees for art supplies, our school didn't do that because we had a transient population. Fees that students paid at other schools they attended before transferring to Ridgway did not transfer with the student. That left me, as the art teacher, with a very insufficient art budget for the many students I served in my classes each year.
Thanks to Schools Plus, I was able to count on having some extra funding to buy the necessary supplies I needed for my classroom. My allotted school budget of $50 per semester for each section of art that I taught did not go far. I used my School Plus budget for things that I knew I couldn't purchase with my budget like paint brushes, acrylic paint, canvases, and Prismacolor pencils. I purchased quality materials that my students deserved. The Schools Plus Program gave my students the chance to create meaningful and expressive artwork for themselves, and to be proud to display along with the other high school students in the annual district high school art show.
Thanks Schools Plus!
S. Adler, retired Ridgeway High School Art Teacher