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Tricky challenge: can anyone make art project work out of this......


Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 20:52:29 PDT

I am probably way up there in debt by asking for help from you all, but here
goes another sticky situation.
I teach at two campuses/ one private school, 20 miles apart. The smaller
school has roughly 90 kids and is k-6. It is struggling financially.
 I was asked (right before school started) to have a Christmas card
competition fundraiser. The winner from each grade will have their art printed, made
into cards and sold at school.
With only 3 class periods, we have some dynamite work. I didn't even teach
art room procedures or really get to know any of the new kids, we had a
deadline and jumped right in with the best lessons I have for Christmas. They have
snow themes for lower elementary, angels for 2nd graders, poinsettias for 3rd
and 4th and batik-like holiday themes for 5th and 6th.
We were supposed to have the competition tomorrow! Big stuff for them.
They are very excited.
Now at 9pm!! I have found out that they don't want to do it after all, they
want to go with a card company for a fund raiser. They haven't even seen the
art, they just don't think it will make the money we desperately need and
offset printing costs.
I don't know how I am going to tell the kids.

Next pickle: I am supposed to come up with a present in mid-Sept for
Doughnuts for Dad day.
The dads apparently always come and are treated to breakfast and get a
Do Any of you know how I can salvage this project?
I thought maybe if I can come up with a way to give these pictures to dad at
least I can get back to my curriculum and not have to do something in
addition. I was thinking maybe the kids could use these pics for this event, but I
don't know how to tie the winter-Christmas thing in without losing face
So if any of you seasoned educators can think of something for Christmas in
September or a way I could help the kids not be disappointed, I could sure use
your help!!! ASAP
One thing the kids ALL asked when I presented this: do we get any money???
Maybe we could have the competition, pay the winner some $ that we would've
spent on Doughnuts for dad day and give their dad's their pictures.
I am brain dead now so any thoughts????