The students at KIPP NYC College Prep High School enjoy a strong music program at their school in the Bronx. And for Teach For America alum Christy Coiro (New York ’10), developing an equally-matched visual arts program for her students—with an Advanced Placement Studio Art class offering for seniors—is a top priority.

“Not only are these students incredibly creative, curious, talented, and hardworking, but they are genuinely kind individuals,” says Ms. Coiro. “The goal of providing them an AP Studio Art is to give them the opportunity to take a rigorous, college-level art class that gets them thinking at a higher level, and also gives them the potential to earn college credits while still in high school!”

And this year, for the first time, a small, dedicated and talented group of seniors will have the opportunity to do just that!

To help her students develop a strong, diverse portfolio, Ms. Coiro has turned to to raise funds to purchase a printing press for her seniors to create works of art. She believes teaching her students the art of printmaking will give them an advantage when their portfolios are ultimately scored.

“I am excited to give my students the exciting opportunity to learn printmaking techniques and have an edge when their portfolios will be scored in May among almost 40,000 other art portfolios around the country,” she says. “Scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP portfolio would allow my students to place out of intro-level college classes, and ultimately save them valuable time and money in earning their college degrees.”

Please consider supporting Ms. Coiro’s project today—and thank you, as always, for supporting teachers and the kids they serve.