Last school year when I was asked to present at the PTA meeting, I showed parents my blog and how to keep up with their students’ artwork. One lovely parent asked about how they could donate items to my art room. After I picked my jaw off the floor (because, seriously, I’m pretty sure that’s just a DREAM question for art teacher…) the parent suggested I start a list of suggested items that parents can donate to the art room. What an amazing idea. Of course I love it!
But I just want to make it very clear – there are TWO big ways you can help in the art room!
- Donate items
- Donate time 🙂
I love love love having parent volunteers in the art room. However, I will say, it is most helpful with the younger grades (Kindergarten and first). If you have an older child and would like to donate time, there are still some ways to help. I can send home small tasks that you can help me with from the seat of your couch, you can help me with changing artwork in the hallway and in the main office, or you can help me prep for lessons (example: cutting paper on paper cutter). Please email me if you would like to donate time!
If you would like to donate items, here is a list of items I can always use throughout the school year:
- baby wipes
- bleach wipes
- hand soap
- sandwich sized ziplock baggies
- gallon sized ziplock baggies
- wallpaper books
- aluminum foil
- empty toilet paper rolls
- Chinette paper plates (it really does need to be this brand because they are so darn sturdy!)
- old calendars of famous artists
- old art coffee table books
- card stock (any color!)
- bubble wrap (about the size of regular copy paper – 8.5×11)
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
- Plastic Forks
- Colorful duct tape (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, or purple)
**If there is a remote possibility we can do something with it, then send it in…we are VERY creative. If we can’t use it, we’ll either find someone who can or we will toss it lovingly.