Crafts in the Classroom

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Cake Decorating, Contests & Giveaways, Crocheting, Events, Fiber Arts and Felting, Gardening, Jewelry Making, Knitting, Paper Crafts, Quilting, Sewing | Comments


Craftsy Dontates to School Crafting Programs through DonorsChoose

Everyday at Craftsy, we have a wonderful opportunity to be around the crafting community and experience all the creativity, fun, and fulfillment that it has to offer.  In September, we put together a program to encourage 10,000 people who had never taken a Craftsy class to try one for free.  Upon reaching our goal, the plan was to donate $2500 to help fund crafting programs at schools where these activities might otherwise not be possible.  We were aiming high, and had 6000 new students enrolled in a Craftsy class by the end of just one day!  In the spirit of spreading the joy of crafting, we donated $2000 through DonorsChoose.com to help jumpstart crafting programs at schools throughout the U.S.  We sincerely thank everyone who signed up for their first Craftsy class while helping make these classroom projects possible!

Below are notes from the teachers whose classrooms these donations impacted, with links to specific projects:

Dear The Craftsy.com Team:

I can’t fully express my joy, excitement, and thanks for your donation to my project. It is great to see that you share my vision for reaching children. In reading, we so often use abstract explanations to explain abstract things. The tools that you have funded will enable students to create and tell a story about the Underground Railroad through quilts. I hope to share with my colleagues a new technique in learning. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to introduce these tools to the children.

With gratitude,
Ms. Cooley

 

Thank you so very much for your generous donation to fund the “Cooking Supplies for the Special Education Classroom”. The special needs students enjoy our weekly cooking activities and now all of the cooking activities will be more life skill focused with the purchase of the Cuisinart CTO-390PC – electric oven. In addition to learning valuable life cooking skills, the students are applying math lessons. Thanks again for your donation and support to these wonderful students.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Miller

 

Thank you so much for your generous donation! I have been struggling, trying to figure out a way to provide enough yarn to the students in my club for them to actually complete projects (scarves, hats, etc.) that they can knit and then keep or give away. I can now provide my students with the resources they need. I will meet with my Fiber Arts girls this Friday, and I can’t wait to tell them about your wonderful gift to us! You have saved us hours and hours of fundraising “along with the bureaucratic red tape that selling merchandise to raise money entails. I wish you all the best. Thanks again.

With gratitude,
Mrs. W

 

Thank you all for your VERY generous donations. The children at our school are about to learn a craft that can open various doors. With your help,we are going to create a club that will promote socialization, giving to others and teach them a craft that can become a hobby for them. Teaching a child something like knitting can show them that there are creative things to do with your time that don’t cost a great deal of money and you get an end product that is something you need or can give to others. I hope to have a very productive year. Thanks again.

With gratitude,
Ms. C

 

I can’t fully express my joy, excitement, and thanks for your donation to my project. It is great to see that you share my vision for continuing the Arts with students. The tools you have funded will provide an avenue of creativity in quilt making as well as a means for students to provide to those less fortunate in their own community. In addition, I will be able to demonstrate new sewing/quilting techniques that will encourage imagination, critical thinking and endless possibilities for students as they develop their own quilt designs and build them for others. I plan to share with my colleagues about this Artistic & fun venue of Quilt making so they can see this amazing & unique way students grow and develop. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to introduce these tools to my students.

With gratitude,
Mrs. D

 

Thank you so much for supporting our kids and for funding our project. It is so amazing and inspiring that there are wonderful people out there who still see the value in making art! This contribution makes a big difference in the lives of our students and it is greatly appreciated! The students are so excited and we cannot wait to show you what we can create! The kids are already talking and planning ideas for this project. We are so grateful!

With gratitude,
Mrs. R

 

Comments

  1. Fabulous Craftsy! I’m grateful I’m part of a community that gives back for the future.

  2. Rosemary says:

    As a retired Home Economics teacher, I applaud Craftsy’s interest in supporting crafts in the schools. In most states, Home Economics has disappeared due to lack of support by school administrations. I never knew an administrator who could find money for his/her pet project. In my early teaching career I had a math and a reading teacher thank me for teaching hand-eye coordination skills, specifically embroidery, that helped students in their academic classes with patience, tracking, motivation and other related skills.

  3. Connie Toth says:

    It makes me feel proud to be a member of such a wonderful sharing community. Keep up the great work!!!