An Apple For the Teacher


Today I had a cool opportunity. My church has a close relationship with one of the local elementary schools. A new program has started that helps parents connect with the school and each other. I was asked to teach this group how to do a painting with apples as the theme. The point was for the families to use them as reminders to help their kids focus on academics.


“The gifting of the fruit is often associated with hardships throughout world history. According to Gourmet, in the 1700s, poor families in Denmark and Sweden gave teachers baskets of apples as payment for their children’s educations.

In the United States, early American children gave teachers apples because the “families whose children attended schools were often responsible for housing and feeding frontier teachers,” according to a PBS special, titled “Frontier House, Frontier Life,” and noted in Smithsonian Magazine. It is also said that farmers' kids gave struggling teachers apples during the onset of the Great Depression.”- Indianapolis Children’s Museum

The school took care of all the sign ups and some of the supplies. Church handled most of the rest. It was a great practice run for one of my upcoming Chics With Tools Painting Workshops.

As doubtful and nervous as many of the participants were, they all went home with something they could hang up with pride. I think some even discovered untapped talent or skills that have been lying dormant for years. By the end there were lots of smiling faces. It was the perfect way to start the day!

Keep a lookout for future Chics With Tools Workshops and keep in mind that you can always schedule a private event. Just email me: