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Ypsilanti elementary school teacher launches crowdfunding campaign to buy art supplies

posted Sep 25, 2014, 1:01 AM by J Shaw   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 1:01 AM ]
YPSILANTI — Ypsilanti Community Schools hired Debra Ennis as an art teacher after the school year had started. With a budget already in place and little money left for her to use, Ennis had to get creative to stock her classroom with art supplies.

During her first week at Holmes Elementary School, Ennis has been reaching out to neighborhoods and community groups for donated supplies. She’s also launched acrowdfunding campaign on the website for donations to buy supplies.

“While we do have some things to start with, my goals for the classroom and what we will create are so much more,” Ennis wrote on the crowdfunding page.

Ennis listed several items that the Holmes art room is in need of: gluesticks, pencils, pens of every color, band-aids, Kleenex, fine-point or regular Sharpie markers, all kinds of paper, posters of famous works of art, art magazines, coloring books, paints, brushes, and more.

A goal of $1,000 has been sent, but Ennis said she won’t stop collecting once the goal is met. All funds raised past what’s needed to stock the art room will still go to support the school in other areas of need.

“All money raised will fill the gaps of what I am unable to scrap for and will go directly to the classroom for the benefit of the kids,” Ennis wrote. “Money raised past the goal will still be put to very good use preparing for years to come and supporting other areas of the school.”

Ennis said that Holmes Principal Charles Raski and the rest of the school is “tremendously supportive” of the fundraising campaign.

So far $300 have been raised, with 14 days left of the campaign.

In addition to monetary donations, Ennis is collecting donations of school supplies as well. Donations can be made to the office at Holmes (1255 Holmes Road) during school hours from 8:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

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