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Local Art Programs and Service Learning

Through a variety of creative fundraising techniques, local art programs are designed to link local children to adopted classrooms in developing world countries.

Class Act Arts Programs

The Class-ACT Focus

"Class-ACT’s programs have reached a new plateau and we are honored to have programs of this stature in the city. The educational content and quality are leaps and bounds above the norm."

- Jim Gilliam, Arts Administrator, City of Encinitas

Service Learning

Our local children benefit in many ways when they are involved in service-learning projects. Not only do they gain a valuable perspective of the developing world, but they learn about the process of giving, and how philanthropy brings its own subtle rewards to the donor. Children also gain the understanding that a small amount of money can be of very significant help when donated to children in poor developing countries.

Global Arts & Culture Connection

Art programs in the disciplines of music, theatre, dance and visual arts give good possibilities for fundraising that can assist the adopted classroom:

Fundraiser

Fundraising

School-wide fundraisers:

Teachers and parents in schools across the country are accustomed to planning fundraisers. Virtually every school organizes at least one or two fundraisers each year, and there are many creative ideas that flow from PTA and/or school site council groups. Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons and read-a-thons, charity events and festivals, seasonal product sales, family cookbook sales, coin drives, colored wristband sales, bake sales, silent and live auctions at school events, garage sales, raffles, craft sales, and gift solicitations - all support any number of school projects. They can often be very successful, and particularly rewarding when attached to a worthy cause outside the school.

A modest portion of any school-wide fundraiser can easily be allocated to support a developing world classroom through Class-ACT. A photo file and information about the adopted classroom or school being supported would be provided by Class-ACT. The school would then coordinate their marketing using the photo and information to inspire prospective donors.

When this kind of direct link with a specific beneficiary exists there is a heightened sense of purpose created. Parents, teachers, children know whom they are supporting, and how their donated funds are being utilized. The fundraiser flourishes when all participants see clearly the specific classroom, children and school in the developing country that will be benefitting from the fundraising efforts.

Also, teachers could choose to give extra focus in their classroom activities to the country and culture of the adopted classroom or school. Lessons in the country’s geography, history and language become more meaningful and relevant when children feel a direct connection through the fundraising efforts.

Classroom Art Sales:

Works of art created by children lend themselves particularly well to fundraising possibilities. Art shows with the works of children displayed with suggested dollar amounts can be a popular event to encourage sales. Children feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when their work is displayed, and even more so when the work is purchased for a good cause.

In preparation for the art show a promotional program can be circulated, in which parents would purchase business card ads and/or family encouragement messages, and local business could purchase sponsorships. The program would feature a photo of the adopted developing world classroom that the art show is supporting.

Music, Theatre and Dance Performances:

School performing arts presentation for parents, friends and neighbors typically can draw large audiences. The stage is a magical place that has a powerful attraction for the young performers and the families alike, and it can easily become the main focal point of a successful fundraising campaign. As children go through the rehearsal process their enthusiasm increases day by day leading to many discussions with their families prior to the show day, and when a fundraising goal is connected to these family discussions many possibilities can surface.

An attractive show program can be designed in which parents can place business card and family encouragement ads, and in which local business sponsorships could receive recognition with their logos and/or pre-designed ads. The program would feature a photo of the adopted developing world classroom that the fundraiser is supporting. Also, solicitations for donations at the performance can be made in the form of ticket sales and cash collections.

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Any school-wide or classroom fundraiser should not overlook the source of funds that is available in the local business community. Both large and small businesses can offer significant help. The culture of social responsibility is strong in many corporations, and they are often eager to become involved in supporting schools, particularly when both local and developing world children are to benefit.

Many have established charitable contribution campaigns where funding requests or donations from employees will generate matching funds from the corporation.