February 2015

RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. As a nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT leverages community donations and volunteer support to serve 12,000 educators each year who teach over 900,000 students.


Science, Science, Science!

New science products in store to help with projects, experiments, or just restock your classroom. Come check out our great selection.

50% off Metal Bookcases

RAFT San Jose Only Metal 4 shelf bookcases are on sale for 50% off!

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News and Events

Multicultural Event

RAFT Redwood City, Saturday, February 21 from 10am-12pm
Join us for our fun and festive annual event to celebrate our diverse cultural heritage! FREE to RAFT members and their guests. Here is a preview of what you can look forward to:
* Multicultural Idea Sheets
* Cooking demos and tastings * Craft make & takes   

Saturday Volunteer Kit Demonstrators Needed

We are looking for educators who are interested in demonstrating their favorite RAFT Activity Kit(s) to other members on Saturdays at RAFT San Jose. This team of members will rotate their talents to help other like-minded educators use hands-on activities with their students. If you'd like to help or have questions, email Shirley@raft.net. Presenters will receive appreciation gifts. 

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Hands-On Activities

Faux Stained Glass

Student artists of all ability levels can use this flexible technique to create dramatic effects. Their creations will "shine from within", adding a unique dimension to cards, bookmarks and other decorative objects.

Grades Covered: K through 12
Subjects Covered: Art
Curriculum topics: Art Techniques, Decorative Arts, Art History
You can shop online for RAFT Activity Kits. We have a variety of hands-on science, math, and art kits for your educational program.

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Professional Development

Upcoming Spring Workshops

Saturday, 3/14 – Teambuilding

Games can promote learning in the classroom, as well as cooperative learning on the playground. This collection of games and mixers is designed to connect students across diverse backgrounds, promote communication and enrich the classroom culture. Many of the concepts will also augment existing teaching techniques. Variations of these games are appropriate for students of all ages. The instructor will have his books and DVDs available for sale during the workshop.

Saturday, 3/21 – Vibrant Van Gogh

Let Post-Impressionist painter Van Gogh invigorate the education. We’ll investigate Van Gogh’s subjects. We’ll link children’s literature on the artist (both biographies and Van Gorgeous fiction) with multi-themed crafts applicable to pre-school through 5th. Vincent’s vivid palette will vibrate from Van Goo cupcakes, Van Glamorous hand-painted totes, VanGlorious radiating, spiraling Starry Nights, and vivacious scintillating and sparkling sunflowers.


RAFT’s workshop program is designed to enrich educational programs by facilitating the practice of hands-on teaching across the curriculum. All RAFT workshops offer you the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from San Jose State University. 

If you have any questions about our workshop program or any other services please contact us at http://www.raftbayarea.org/contact-us.

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