Hello, my name is Danielle. I'm the Marketing Director at a small, nonprofit, Catholic high school in St. Louis, MO: Bishop DuBourg High School. Like many small schools with tight budgets, many of our staff members serve many roles for the organization. Me personally - not only am I the full-time Marketing Director, but I also serve as the Graphic Designer, in house photographer, and one of the soccer coaches. And starting this semester, I will be adding photography teacher to that list of responsibilities.
I am not a teacher. I did not go to school to be a teacher, or train to be a teacher, but when I expressed my passion for photography, the school graciously offered me the opportunity to share that with the students. As the Marketing Director, I don't get a lot of face time with the students - the connection was definitely missing. After coaching for the first time, I fell in love with the kids and cherished the experience of teaching them. I knew the transition into the classroom would be challenging, but just as rewarding. I am so excited to share what I know about photography with the students.
The class that I'll be teaching is an intro Digital Photography and Digital Imaging course. However, Bishop DuBourg does not currently own any photography equipment that I can use to teach the students. Not only is photography a very hands-on field, but it's also an expensive one. Camera equipment IS a necessityy for this course. I cannot teach it without the tools. For my Marketing and school photography duties, I actually use my own personal equipment that I bought myself to get my job done. It's not ideal, but it's what I can offer the school. For this class, however, I do not have equipment I can share or loan the kids to work with in the class or take home with them for projects.
Bishop DuBourg is a comprehensive, coeducational school. We are located in the city of St. Louis, and serve many lower income families who do not have the resources to provide school equipment like digital cameras to their kids. Most receive financial aid and tuition assistance to even send their kids to Bishop DuBourg. The photography class was placed back into the curriculum after a significant student interest, but requires the students to provide their own camera and supplies to enroll in the course. I'd hate to deny these kids, the kids who are truly interested in photography, the chance to learn the art that has inspired me simply because we don't have the resources to get them the equipment they need to learn it.
As an elective art course, we do not have a strong budget to fund this class- and I refuse to teach a digital photography class using cell phones! I am requesting support from you to help me get some cameras and other necessary photography equipment for this class, and for this school, to use to learn this incredible art form and inspire them to be creative and to capture moments in their lives that they'll cherish forever. Each of them having the camera right in front of them to explore and practice is paramount to their success. You can't teach someone how to play piano without a piano.
I cannot express how grateful these kids, and I, will be to make this happen. I can't wait to see the photos they take! Thank you for your support!
Bishop DuBourg High School is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in St. Louis. It is an AdvancED accredited school, owned and managed by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO. To learn more about the school, please visit www.bishopdubourg.org