Sunday, November 2, 2014

Big art grant! Help!

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ”
-Pablo Picasso

I could really use your help! I am the only teacher in California competing for $100,000 in the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Challenge. Voting goes through the end of November. At the end of November, the school with the most votes will be awarded the $100,000. We are competing against two other schools in our zone.

We are going to use the money to create a digital art program. Students will have the opportunity to create original art, use digital cameras to take photos and integrate the different media into original pieces. We will be able to purchase all the necessary equipment such as digital cameras, computers, printers, scanners and all the necessary support materials with this grant.

You know how valuable experiences with art are and how essential technology skills are. Our students are hungry for these types of experiences, yet the circumstances of their lives find them having alarmingly few experience in these areas.

Our rural district does the best it can to offer as many experience as possible for our students, but our kids need so much more. Most of the resources we have are spent on bridging the academic gap that our language learning and low socioeconomic status students experience. I am very excited to have the chance to bring this enrichment opportunity to all of the elementary schools in our school district.

At the end of each session of classes, we will have a community art show to spotlight the great work our students have done. It will let the community see what great things our kids are capable of and will strengthen our community.

I sincerely hope you will take just a moment each day to vote and verify your vote in your email. It only takes a minute and there will be no other spam or other emails sent to you as a result. We desperately need your help with this!

You can vote each day for Michael Jones of King City, CA (Southwest Zone) at

For more information about the grant, how you can help, and how art is SO important for our students you can visit the web site I created:

There is information on how to join our Facebook group, participate in our Facebook Event, or a place to sign up for daily voting reminders in your email. (I control the reminders and they will stop on November 30th when the contest is over.)

Thank you for your cosideration!

1 comment:

  1. These photos are absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.