(look at my cute doggies and feel happy)
Ok in my last post I mentioned that I will not receive the 2nd half of my budget this year. There were some great comments, teachers in similar situations, teachers in ickier situations, people with good ideas for finding funds. I've found 3 ways to get more supplies in the last week that may work for you also.
1. Really look around your school....like really really look. I found a box of glue bottles in the janitors closet (what?) got the teachers who have been at the school for a long time to release some of their stockpiles (as one reader said....it's their student's who I am using the supplies for!) And most suprising of all, when I told some 7th graders who came to barrow paintbrushes for a science project that I was really low on paint they told me the science teacher was hording paint and construction paper in her room! Well that was fixed mighty quick today.
2. Call the high school art teacher....they are not going to send you the fancy stuff (acrylics paint) or even the sort of fancy stuff (oil pastels and watercolors) but they sure seem ok with sending over the half used bottles of tempera paint, crayons and Elmer's glue (and a teddy bear from $1 tree?)
3. The number one item we use in my classroom is 90lbs paper (lightweight cardstock) we use this as watercolor paper and our "good" paper for most projects. I have to buy this paper from my budget (in reams) and we had five sheets left. I was lamenting this to the school secretary who got really smart. She said that no one ever sends orders to the district print shop and as a school we have several hundred dollars of print shop credit. Last year we left $300 of print shop credit unused. If I get my copies from print shop I can request to have things printed on 90 lbs paper and not have to pay for it out of my budget. Soooo....I wrote
in the corner of a sheet of paper and sent it over to print shop with a request for 1,000 copies. Yes 1,000 copies. I should have 1,000 sheets of 90lbs cardstock in my classroom by the end of next week nice and blank on one side and pre-headed on the other side. BWAHAHAHAHA!
Ok now to get the donnors choice grant for printmaking supplies up and online and find $1,200 to buy a new kiln...that one is going to take some serious grant writing. Although I should probably wait and see if they plan to keep me next year before I got to the work of geting the school a new kiln.
Next up a really cool clay birdhouse from the send class of the clay workshop where we made the clay heads last month. Thant and the wonders of a material called Aquavar.