Art and creativity are very near to my heart. Growing up, I expressed myself creatively in a variety of ways. Some of which still give me a little giggle. When I was very young, I would dance and sing to heart’s content, giving performances to anyone and everyone who would listen. As I got older, I loved writing, acting, and theatre. Since having kids, I have loved children’s crafts, exploring creativity with food and more. One common thread and life lesson woven throughout my lifelong artistic experiences was that putting yourself out there artistically requires a certain amount of risk and vulnerability. And those are two traits that not only help budding artists grow in their craft, but also transfers to other areas of life for both children and adults.
Already at ten, my own daughter yearns to soak up art in its many forms. From acting classes and music appreciation, to creative expression in her school projects, she’s had so many opportunities to explore different creative outlets. Last September, she began taking traditional art classes at a local art school. She has a natural gift for drawing and painting that I have just loved seeing blossom. While we have been fortunate to experience art in so many ways, it’s no secret that creative programs in schools across the nation are being cut for many reasons. Did you know that you and I can do something about that while shopping for clothes for our kids?
Have you heard of Schoola?
Schoola is a company that aims to raise funds for creative arts programing in schools across the country through the donation and resale of children’s clothes. How does Schoola work? Well, in a nutshell, gently worn and adorable brand name clothes are donated (by people like you and me) and proceeds from those sales are then utilized to fund creative arts programs at schools across the country: Schools like yours, schools like ours and schools like Yick Wo Elementary in San Fransisco, California. Take 2 minutes to watch this video, 2 minutes to see how important art is to kids.
Did you catch that one part in the video? Just one bag of previously loved clothing donated to Schoola will fund art supplies for five children at Yick Wo Elementary through this campaign.
I am so excited to be partnering with Schoola to specifically raise money for Yick Wo Elementary. Their goal is to raise $25,000. You and I have a unique opportunity to help these kids, teachers, and staff raise money to fund their school’s art program. Here's the best part, you can also raise money for a school of your choice at the same time.
Here's how it breaks down:
- For every donation bag requested or clothing purchase made through Schoola, $1 will be donated to Yick Wo Elementary through this campaign. (By clicking on the above link, Schoola tracks the donations and purchases so that Yick Wo gets the $1).
- Plus, if you send back your donated clothes and fill out the school selection information, $2 of every $5 raised will go back to the school you selected! That's a win for Yick Wo and a win for your school!
- This specific fundraising campaign through this blog (and other participating) runs from July 28-August 16th, 2014, but Schoola will always be raising money for arts programs.
Again, if you want to help me raise money for creative art programs through Schoola, there are two ways you can do so right now: After clicking the link to learn more about Schoola, you can then choose either "request a bag to fill with donated clothes" (at no cost to you) or browse the selection of cute and gently worn clothes available for purchase on their site and make a purchase. To be clear, you are not obligated to click on anything or purchase anything, but if you choose to donate a bag of clothing or purchase clothing, the above proceeds of that transaction will go to fund school arts programs. I wanted to test it out before I shared it with you, so I requested a donation bag of my own. It was pretty easy to request a donation bag.
You can connect with Schoola and the #clothes4schools campaign online via twitter, facebook and the hashtag #clothesforschools
*Disclosure: I was compensated for participating in the Schoola #clothes4school campaign. However, all opinions are passionately my own and as Schoola reached out to me I became excited to be a part of this project. I was given a choice of schools where our donations would go and I chose Yick Wo. To read my full disclosure policy, see the tab at the top of this page.