Looking for a school fundraiser? Check out Square1Art

logoLast week, The Five-Year-Old came home from school with a simply brilliant fundraiser in tow. During art class, The Five-Year-Old and her classmates drew pictures with markers. Each picture was labeled with the child’s name and her classroom information.

The school then bundled up all the pictures from every class and mailed them to Square1Art. Square1Art’s sticker fundraiser virtually reproduces each child’s design on a variety of products — ceramic art tiles, wall plaques, luggage tags, notecards, magnets, tote bags, yard flags, t-shirts, pendants, ornaments, and so on — and then markets those personalized products to the parents of the children who made the art.

This custom catalog is simply brilliant. (Photo: Square1Art)

This custom catalog is simply brilliant. (Photo: Square1Art)

Every child receives a set of stickers made from their art just for participating while parents get a brilliant catalog that showcases their child’s art on Square1Art’s most popular products on its cover. Inside are a variety of other potential applications for your child’s masterpiece, along with instructions for ordering online or through the school.

A portion of the proceeds go to support your child’s school, which means I can overlay my inordinate pride over The Five-Year-Old’s artistic skills with a respectable veneer of supporting her education.

Daddyo, enthusiastically: “This is such a brilliant idea I want to send Square1Art money just because they had it.”

We contented ourselves with simply ordering a bunch of stuff online. And yes, ordering online was a fairly straightforward process.

The Five-Year-Old's art. It's two cats lying on their side to make a butterfly. (Image: The Five-Year-Old)

The Five-Year-Old’s art. It’s two cats lying on their side to make a butterfly. (Image: The Five-Year-Old)

The Acquisition of the Very Many Beautiful Objects Decorated by The Five-Year-Old is a mild set-back for the Great Decluttering Operation of 2013, but I did try to stick to items that we would actually use. For the most part.

(Note: We are not affiliated in any way with Square1Art. Nor have we received our items yet, as The Five-Year-Old’s school fundraiser is still ongoing. Which means I can’t speak to the quality of the items themselves. But the fundraiser makes a nice change from candy and cookie sales, so I thought I’d go ahead and mention it.)

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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