If you asked me to draw a perfect circle, without even lifting the pencil, I can already tell you that it would come out looking more like a square.
If you gave me a mound of clay and asked me to shape it into a mug, I can assure you it would be lopsided and certainly not something that would hold your coffee.
But I would try. And I would have fun doing it.
Because when I was a child, I had an amazing art teacher… a man who, when he saw me staring at my blank paper, paintbrush in hand, taught me that it wasn’t about the final product, but rather, it was about the process.
It isn’t about producing something that others view as “art.” It’s about exploring, creating, pushing through fear and taking risks.
Art class was just as valuable as math and reading and science. It stretched my brain and pushed me in important ways.
My daughter is blessed to attend a school with a lovely arts program, but so many kids are not that fortunate.
The educational benefits of an art program for kids are well proven, yet, art classes aren’t included in most public school budgets.
That lack of funding hasn’t stopped parents at Yick Wo Elementary from ensuring that their school’s students have art class anyway, and Schoola is forming a community to help them do it.
Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothes and giving 40% of the proceeds going to schools in need.
So, how does it work and what am I asking you to do? Well, it’s amazingly simple and hugely fantastic!
- Request a bag from Schoola by clicking on this donation bag request link.
- Clean out your kids’ closets and gather up the gently used items they’ve outgrown and mail it back to Schoola in the prepaid bag.
- Schoola sells those items and $2 of every $5 earned goes directly to the school of your choice.
- As an added bonus, for every bag requested using this special in these small moments referral code, $1 goes to Yick Wo Elementary to help fund their art program. (Click on “donate to help”.)
- And what if you don’t have any clothes to donate? You can still help by shopping their amazing selection of kids’ clothes to help schools in need.
The amazing work that Schoola is doing isn’t limited to arts programs. They’re also working to provide all of the things that our children need that are often the first to go in budget cuts, including music classes, play structures and libraries.
Visit Schoola to learn more about how a single clothing drive in the 2102/2013 school year has now grown to a program that is 3000 schools strong!
Although I was compensated for participating in this campaign, as always the opinions expressed here are all my own.