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« on: July 19, 2008 06:55:50 AM »

this is an inner city Dallas school full of rather poor kids. I have substitute taught at the school and saw that the kids don't have alot going on other than school & not so nice home lives. When I brought my crochet in  they were fascinated and loved the amigurumi dolls & Otama I made. I made a couple of girls hats for the winter and told them they could make them too. They lit up. I talked to the principal and she said put together a plan and bring it to her. I don't have the money to buy all the supplies myself. HAs anyone here put together an after school program for elementary kids(I'm thinking 3rd -5th grade) How should I go about doing this. I really want to  try this this year. THanks
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008 12:40:55 PM »

You should try asking on Craigslist or a local craft club if they'd donate yarn and tools. I know most people who knit or crochet have extra, and they're usually good, too.
When you teach them, it's good to give them a piece of crochet that's already a couple inches long to teach them stitches, instead of starting from a chain. Starting from a chain stitch is the most frustrating part. It made me give up crochet when I was younger.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008 01:54:10 PM »

Don't be afraid to hit up some stores (big, small, online) for supplies - if you can get a letter describing the school and the program (including estimated number of participants), typed on school or district letterhead, signed by the Principal or an administrator, find out whom to contact at the stores, and maybe you can get a few items.

And there's always grants available for programs - ask the principal or a grant coordinator in the district or any contact person who can let you know of any grants to apply for.

Maybe a local group of crocheting folks would want to volunteer and meet with the students periodically, and they could be encouraged to bring extra supplies.  Lots of big businesses ask their staff to participate in volunteering, and this could be fun to do, too!
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2008 04:08:04 AM »

Join your local freecycle... and post asking for assistance - you might also get some really experienced people who might also be willing to come in and teach.

It might be a dead end but you might be able to contact Clover, Susan Bates, etc and see if they would be willing to donate some hooks for the cause.  Hey.  You never know.


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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008 01:53:24 PM »

Other good places to ask for donations might be local churches or senior citizen centers. Sometimes older ladies who have given up crochet because of health reasons still have a lot of supplies just sitting around.

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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2008 09:27:01 AM »

definitely call the local yarn stores- my school started a crochet/knitting club and got lots of donations from them.  Also, look in thrift stores.  There are always a lot of hooks and yarn at our goodwill, and it's all super cheap.  good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2008 11:30:13 AM »

I think this is an amazing idea! I don't have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. I was in my highschool's knitting club!

The only thing I really have to add to this is that if it is at all possible, don't make it just a crochet club. Include knitting as well. Even if you aren't a knitter, you could print of some picture instructions to lend to any kids who want to try, and maybe get some donated knitting needles too. I just think that if you are going to start a club to help give these kids something to do, broaden it and let them have even more choices for things to do!

I'm really glad that you are going to do this for your students! It is a wonderful thing to do for your community!
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2008 11:46:19 PM »

This is such a great idea! Also maybe you can hit up some fellow craftsters! I'm not sure if it would be allowed, but maybe you could post on your city board? You might end up with another craftster who would want to come help teach!

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