Craft Bags

For those of you just joining us our latest project is Literacy, Skill and Craft bags for the Wanblee Head Start class. We want to tell you a little more about the Craft and Skill bags in this and the following blog.  Craft bags will be given to each child at the beginning of the school year and are theirs to keep at home so they can do the activities in the Skill and Literacy bags.  Having these supplies at home also gives them the opportunity to further practice skills such as coloring, cutting paper, writing, etc.

One of our long time volunteers Beulah Lindberg, aka the “Recycle Queen” for making beautiful things from stuff most of us would throw away, has been busy sewing lined craft bags for the project. She has it down to a science sewing “assembly line” style using repurposed  flannel and denim from old clothing people have donated.  She adds pockets too which is a great place to hold all those small items. So far Beulah has more than 30 bags finished (need 40), now we need your help to fill them.  Let us know if you can help with this project, contact Janet here for the address of where to send your donation. She will fill the craft bags and send them directly to Lisa at Head Start. Watch for sales on school supplies to keep the cost of the bag to a minimum.


We would like to fill these craft bags with:

  • 3 pencils and a pencil sharpener
  • White glue (glue sticks melt in hot weather)
  • Eraser
  • Crayons 24 count
  • Washable markers
  • Ruler
  • Paper, white plain and lined
  • Construction paper
  • Pocket folder (to hold the paper)
  • Index cards, 1 pkg.
  • Safety scissors

We would like to have the bags and supplies by June 1, 2013.

Please, if you can, help us with this very important project.  These are very basic, inexpensive items that most of us probably assume all school children have at home as well as at school. Kids get inspired when they attend school and learn new things, they want to show their families what they’ve learned, imagine how sad and frustrated they feel when there are no crayons or even a pair of scissors at home. Our goal is to give children simple school supplies so they have the things they need to learn.  Can you help?

A big thanks to Beulah for her sewing skills and her interest in helping kids learn.  And thanks to all of you who are helping us make this project a reality.


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