Class Acts is Knockaround’s ongoing campaign that aims to donate money, resources, and art supplies to local, underfunded elementary schools. Art is a crucial part of companies like Knockaround and plays a significant role in our daily surroundings. That is why it is so important for us to show young people the artistic career opportunities available to them in the future.
Every year we visit local elementary schools to talk about the importance of art and then give the students an opportunity to design their own special pair of sunglasses. Of those, one winning design is selected, produced, and sold on Knockaround.com as our annual pair of Class Acts sunglasses. All proceeds from the sale are then donated to the participating elementary schools and our charitable partner, ArtReach.
This year’s Class Acts sunglasses, the After the Storm Premiums, are designed by San Diego 5th-grader, Jayden Crenshaw, from Madison Elementary. Jayden’s unique design features frosted Rainstorm Grey fronts, Cloudbreak Blue lenses, and rainbow covered arms. Pulling inspiration from Jayden’s original drawing, each pair has a front-and-center rain pattern and a small cloud logo laser etched on the left lens. Every pair comes with a miniature version of Jayden’s original design and a blue poncho (to tide you over until the rainbow appears)!
Help us in our ongoing campaign to support local elementary art education by purchasing this year’s Class Acts “After the Storm” Premiums. Shop Now!
With your help we hope to donate more than $25,000 this year to participating elementary schools and our charitable partner, ArtReach.
Our Class Acts initiative was launched in 2012. To date four student-designed sunglasses have been produced and sold on Knockaround.com raising over $40,000 for art supplies for local elementary schools. Our first year, we sold 200 pairs of the Shark Attack Premiums by 6th-grader Sebastian. Our second year, we visited three schools and sold the Nacho Premiums by 5th-grader Vanessa. Last year, we visited six schools and sold the Striker Premiums by 4th-grader Evan. This year we received over 500 amazing student design submissions. The standout design was a pair of After the Storm Premiums by 5th-grader Jayden Crenshaw.
Even though we've started locally, we hope Class Acts can one day expand to be a nationwide program, promoting art education in schools all across the country!
Want to take a shot at designing some sunglasses? Download and print the PDF worksheet here. Get creative, have some fun, and be sure to snap and share a photo on social media when it's done (tag @knockaround and hashtag #knockaroundclassacts).