Orange County teacher creates 160 art kits for students in need

Emilee Geist

An Orange County art teacher says it broke her heart to find out that her online students did not have the supplies they needed to learn.She turned that heartbreak into action.”These were the essentials,” Michaele Ann Elliott said. Elliott is an art teacher at Camelot Elementary School in east Orange […]

An Orange County art teacher says it broke her heart to find out that her online students did not have the supplies they needed to learn.She turned that heartbreak into action.”These were the essentials,” Michaele Ann Elliott said. Elliott is an art teacher at Camelot Elementary School in east Orange County. She found out her LaunchED art students, the digital learning program of Orange County Public Schools, didn’t have art supplies.”I saw a need for these kids, for whatever reason, couldn’t get their own art supplies and in a lot of cases it’s parents that have lost their jobs because of COVID.” What really touched her were her students’ reactions online:”A lot of kids were afraid to speak up and didn’t say anything. So, they would turn their cameras off or turn their cameras toward the ceiling so that nobody said anything about them (not) having supplies and that touched my heart. I’m an art teacher. Every child should be able to create,” Elliott said.That’s when Elliott decided to get creative and dug up some old gift cards, talked to the principal, the PTA, parents and other teachers. With the help of others, Elliott put together 160 art kits then worked out a plan to get the kits to the students.“So I picked the Orange County Public Library, Camelot Elementary and up at Waterford Town Center. (I) set times (up) so that kiddos could get up there with their families to pick up their art supplies,” Elliott said.About 60 kits were picked up.”They were just beyond thrilled and what was really cool and I wish you could have been there to see it. The faces of the kids when they picked up their art supplies, that was worth everything,” Elliott said.Elliott’s students have enough art supplies for the rest of the year, and she has more art supplies to try to make sure as close to 100% of her LaunchEd students are served.

An Orange County art teacher says it broke her heart to find out that her online students did not have the supplies they needed to learn.

She turned that heartbreak into action.

“These were the essentials,” Michaele Ann Elliott said.

Elliott is an art teacher at Camelot Elementary School in east Orange County. She found out her LaunchED art students, the digital learning program of Orange County Public Schools, didn’t have art supplies.

“I saw a need for these kids, for whatever reason, couldn’t get their own art supplies and in a lot of cases it’s parents that have lost their jobs because of COVID.”

What really touched her were her students’ reactions online:

“A lot of kids were afraid to speak up and didn’t say anything. So, they would turn their cameras off or turn their cameras toward the ceiling so that nobody said anything about them (not) having supplies and that touched my heart. I’m an art teacher. Every child should be able to create,” Elliott said.

That’s when Elliott decided to get creative and dug up some old gift cards, talked to the principal, the PTA, parents and other teachers.

With the help of others, Elliott put together 160 art kits then worked out a plan to get the kits to the students.

“So I picked the Orange County Public Library, Camelot Elementary and up at Waterford Town Center. (I) set times (up) so that kiddos could get up there with their families to pick up their art supplies,” Elliott said.

About 60 kits were picked up.

“They were just beyond thrilled and what was really cool and I wish you could have been there to see it. The faces of the kids when they picked up their art supplies, that was worth everything,” Elliott said.

Elliott’s students have enough art supplies for the rest of the year, and she has more art supplies to try to make sure as close to 100% of her LaunchEd students are served.

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