Toilet Paper For Art? San Marin High School Art Students Need Supplies

As a community, we can help our local high school arts students. It takes a village.

"We have no money for our art class and we are using toilet paper as an art supply.  This is particularly hard for the students who take art who have special needs.  Art is one of the ways they can express themselves. Can you help us?"    

I was aghast and heartbroken hearing this from a mother and her daughter, a senior at San Marin, when they came to my recent realtors' Open House.  They noticed my name on the A frames throughout town advertising a home for sale and asked for my help.  

Toilet paper. Novato schools have been harder than ever. As a community, we can help these students.  It takes a village. 

I confirmed the needs for supplies with San Marin High's art instructor, Densie Mozzetti.  She said they need the following for their 285 art students that attend art classes:  

  • Black Sharpies
  • glue sticks
  • White Elmer's glue
  • duct tape
  • masking tape
  • pencils
  • erasers
  • 6 ply railroad board in black and white  (used for mounting artwork)
  • wheat paste for paper
  • grout
  • fabric
  • yarn
  • blow dryers
  • miter boxes
  • saws
  • screwdrivers
  • box cutters
  • exacto blades
  • hammers
  • pliers
  • any glass tools
  • 35mm film cameras and digital cameras  

Do you have some of these items that you can donate from your garage or closets?  Please drop off or send supplies to: San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Drive  Novato, CA 94945. For more information contact  DMOZZETTI@nusd.org or call the school at (415) 898-2121. If you want to make a financial donation it can be sent to the address above and made out to SAN MARIN ART.   

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Trish Boorstein November 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Thank you Toni for sharing this. Having taught in San Jose public schools, spent oodles of money out of pocket for my classrooms, I know how little ever goes to teachers for class supplies. We need to demand that districts be transparent by providing the ongoing percentage of tax revenue allocated to classrooms vs. administration, especially during these lean budget times. I have easel size white construction paper sheets I can donate.
Al Dugan November 19, 2012 at 01:13 AM
We have a bunch of stuff. We will drop them off. Well done as usual Toni.
Marie Lester November 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
With the Holidays upon us, perhaps a donation bag of some sort would be an idea for reaching out to others, as there are needs on so many levels. I am a retired art teacher from Ohio, and I remember the day when I borrowed a teacher's truck and drove to the brick yard to pick up unfired clay, so my students could experience ceramics. This, of course, took time away from grading, organizing the classroom and designing lesson plans. Let us not forget our local students and the richness that art experiences bring to kids' lives.
Denise Mozzetti November 29, 2012 at 12:36 AM
While I appreciate this support with all my heart, please know that the toilet paper sculptures were something I had students do by choice. Yes, it's an inexpensive supply; however, I invite you to see the amazing sculptures they created from 'paper clay', which is made with toilet paper. I tried to copy a picture, but this venue won't allow it. Please come by San Marin and check them out in the front office!!! Meanwhile, we also have pointellism cards made by students - 21 for $20, and they're awesome! Thank you all, and Toni, you are truly wonderful for doing this! Denise Mozzetti Department Chair Visual Arts Department San Marin High School
Brent Ainsworth November 29, 2012 at 12:41 AM
We appreciate that update, Denise. Great idea for those cards. Otherwise I hope you had a strong response and some donations.


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