I knew that if I didn't have anything to keep busy that I would be interrupting his work flow...and we just moved so I didn't have any friends yet to hang out with, so he was my only entertainment. Oh, and I also wanted to do MORE for my students at the title 1 rural middle school where I worked, there is that of course! But the real reason...to keep myself busy! Turns out, I am pretty good at writing grants. When I left from Florida this summer I had received over twenty-five grants ranging from a couple of hundred dollars to larger grants of over a thousand...from Donors Choose to Educational Foundation grants in Martin and Palm Beach counties.
I have given some presentations on my approach to grants locally when I lived in Florida- grant writing it is something that I really enjoy doing, and obviously it is great for my students! I can't wait til this pandemic is over and I can go to face to face conferences again, would love to do an updated presentation for my art colleagues! And I would also like to try for some higher dollar grants to impact a larger audience...just thinking out loud.
My first grant this year was a local grant through Intracoastal Realty. We are under Plan B right now, so that is half the kids coming on Monday/Tuesday...everyone remote on Wednesday and then the other group coming on Thursday/Friday. I am constantly planning for the 'what ifs' of if we go back to full remote learning due to Covid, and also just trying to think of ways to get some basic supplies home to the kids. My idea for this grant was for the 5th graders to each receive a sketchbook, mini colored pencil set and pencil to use at home for our remote weeks when we start back in January...and so that I send them home with something just in case it is longer. I selected these particular materials because we could customize them in class....and I chose 5th grade since they are the oldest grade level, our 'seniors'.
I found all of the materials on Amazon, got them quick, they reimbursed me- everything was SO easy! In class we looked at stationary and talked about designing coordinating vs matching sets. Each student can choose whatever they want for their design/theme...but it has to coordinate or match with the pencil set.
I made sure to bag up the materials for the classes I would not see this week while I am working on my NCCAT professional development...the result is a bag of creativity ready to take home for the winter break! I can't wait to see what they fill their sketchbooks with! (...since the pieces 'match' it makes it easy to place them together if they get separated!)
Donors Choose, Grant 1...