March 28, 2011
A Kindergarten Cupcake Collage
In my eagerness to be mommy extraordinaire, I maybe over-extended myself a bit this year. I admit it. I got excited about all of the volunteer opportunities that presented themselves at Amanda’s school – Art Docent, Garden Docent, Art Reflections, Teacher Appreciation Lunches, Class Parties…and signed-up for…well…a couple of things. My brother-in-law (a former elementary school teacher) had warned me that there would be MANY opportunities to contribute and I should be careful about over-committing. I don’t know what part of my charming (wink) personality gave me away as an over-achieving-yes-mom…but he had me completely figured out.
Honestly, my volunteer experiences — if not a bit hectic — have been fantastic. I’ve meet many wonderful parents who are incredibly generous with their time and talents. It’s been inspiring to see care-givers (not just moms but dads, grandparents, nannies, aunts, uncles) work together to facilitate so many activities and experiences for our children, especially as public school budgets continue to shrink. As I prepare to return to the workforce I realize my day-to-day involvement will wane. I feel very fortunate to have had this time to get involved…not all parents are afforded this opportunity.
I am excited and proud to share with you my favorite contribution to-date – a collaborative art project that several other Art Docent volunteers and I recently completed with Amanda’s kindergarten class. Our task was to work with the children in Mrs. Sivila’s kindergarten class to create a work of art that would be auctioned at the PTA’s annual Edison Elementary Gala Benefit and Auction. It wasn’t until after I accepted the request to lead this project, that I learned bidding for projects *start* at $250! And many pieces garner several hundred more by night’s end…PRESSURE!
But so much fun! I came up with the idea of having a giant cake pedestal filled with paper cupcakes – each kindergartener contributing his or her own cupcake to the masterpiece. Over brunch and coffee one Sunday (and wine & pizza one Friday) we – Heather, Susan, Rebecca and I – hatched a plan. The children would use tissue paper, crepe paper, beads, glitter, found objects and LOADS of imagination to create the most colorful, whimsical cupcakes you’ve ever seen!
I absolutely loved seeing the kids tackle this project – they were truly inspired, worked intensely, used copious amounts of glue and…oh…the glitter. Kindergartners and glitter…they are creatures possessed!
We were all thrilled with the outcome and can’t wait to show the children their masterpiece. Next Saturday is the big auction…hoping our piece brings big numbers at auction!