- Rebecca Bonner, an art teacher who works at McAuliffe Elementary School in Highland Village, Texas, is inspiring her students by letting them draw all over her dress.
For two weeks, Bonner let her 580 students, some as young as three, others as old as eleven, draw all over a white dress she purchased from Amazon to help get them excited about the arts.
"My kids loved taking part in designing my dress. We talked about how we had to be respectful of each other's artwork and chose images that I would like on my dress. I loved watching my kids design it."
my mom is the cutest art teacher ever!! She made a dress and had every one of her students draw one thing on the dr… https://t.co/KmF2jZVE4v— Charlece Lake (@Charlece Lake)1553303189.0
Bonner had her students "design" her dress before last year's art show so she could fully embody the children's work.
When this year's art show arrived, she decided to wear it again!
"This year as the District Art Show approached, I decided I would wear it again. My kids loved that I wore it again. A lot of the new students and my kindergartners want me to make a new one for our end of the year school art show!"
@charlece_lake who allowed the watermelon firework to take up the most space https://t.co/tyefCSxeov— thaipee (@thaipee)1553467958.0
@AspWeird @charlece_lake Sometimes we all get a little carried away when the inspiration hits!— McAuliffe Art Room (@McAuliffe Art Room)1553469136.0
The teacher's 20-year-old daughter, Charlece Lake, posted photos of her mother on Twitter.
The images quickly went viral, with many people praising Bonner's creative idea and supportive spirit!
@charlece_lake @baigeissinger When will we pay teachers what they deserve...?? Love this ♥️— Micaela! (@Micaela!)1553370297.0
@charlece_lake https://t.co/N21bEP2zRw— Jamae Ellison (@Jamae Ellison)1553471245.0
@charlece_lake @kalesalad Your mom is a national treasure and must be protected at all costs. My art teacher is why… https://t.co/4umc9Bd7Qj— RAISA CRESPO (@RAISA CRESPO)1553475030.0
@charlece_lake @kalesalad The number of 😎 on the dress is 😎— JP (@JP)1553469204.0
@charlece_lake Some clothing company needs to reproduce this (with your mother's permission and opinion, of course)… https://t.co/ShMkTHpWKt— Sarah Orens (@Sarah Orens)1553620819.0
@charlece_lake I love this soo much!!— Kamille Cecilia🌻 (@Kamille Cecilia🌻)1553450723.0
@charlece_lake Your mama is stunning and that dress idea is so cute and creative. It's beautiful on her :-)— cass' crafts n crystals (@cass' crafts n crystals)1553438782.0
@charlece_lake I love this more than you know! It’s people like your mum that’s inspire me to be an art teacher!— molly robinson (@molly robinson)1553364176.0
Bonner herself is somewhat taken aback by her sudden viral fame, saying:
"Not really sure how it went so viral. But I sure am glad that it put some positivity out into our world about public school, the fine arts, and teachers."
@charlece_lake @Kelsobelle12 Can we talk about how this unicorn is better than anything I could ever do? https://t.co/8YoB9pNnQw— Elisha Stone (@Elisha Stone)1553523694.0
@charlece_lake @yungxchunti https://t.co/Oz4h0F4HWZ— sarahaha (@sarahaha)1553489022.0
The elementary school teacher was especially happy to see that her dress has inspired many college-aged future educators.
"I have loved art since I could hold a paintbrush! Art has always been my passion and I am so glad I get to share that with my students every day."
@charlece_lake @GoldnDandelions Bless. People like your mom are why kids grow up with a passion for art and their e… https://t.co/lqYPoO6ctJ— Devon. (@Devon.)1553495737.0
@charlece_lake Wow.. when I grow up I want to be just like her❤️ she’s the type of teacher that makes the classroom a better place— Charlsey Dillon (@Charlsey Dillon)1553460192.0
@charlece_lake It’s heartwarming to see so many college students, future educators and other young people who have… https://t.co/039vmaphZh— dallasshayshay (@dallasshayshay)1553446021.0
Well done, Ms. Bonner!
You're inspiring us all.