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The Graphics Lab provides graphic services for the instructional programs in the Dearborn Public Schools. The P.T.A. and other school-related groups that contribute to and support the instructional program, are also entitled to use the Graphics Lab. The operating philosophy is one of “self-help”, but the Graphics Specialist will assist Lab customers in producing classroom-related material as efficiently as possible – both in time and material. Some of the equipment available to customers include: high-speed copiers, a color copier, laminators, a poster printer, die cutters, computers, badgemakers, heat presses, and machines for binding & finishing. There is no charge for use of the equipment in the Graphics Lab, but a nominal charge for use of materials (copies, laminate, paper, binding, etc.).

Please direct all Graphics Lab questions to:                                                                                                

Carol Theisen
Graphics Specialist
18700 Audette, Dearborn, MI 48124
Ph: (313) 827-3063     E-mail: theisec@dearbornschools.org

The Graphics Lab is part of the Communications Department, if Carol doesn’t return your call, please contact Joanna Matchynski at (313) 827-3006

Please direct Graphics Lab billing questions to:

Cheryl Mattern
Secretary (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F)
Ph: (313) 827-3077     E-mail: matterc@dearbornschools.org

The Graphics Lab is a hands-on learning environment – please feel welcome to come and learn how to do something new . . . no appointment needed!

Please keep in mind that you may NOT do any of the following in the Graphics Lab . . . nothing political, religious, or for personal gain!

Teachers often ask . . .

Can I send students to work in the Graphics Lab?  The answer: A resounding YES!  High School students are welcome with permission from their teacher/coach. Students have made dance tickets, copied school newspapers, Cerlox bound creative writing books, assembled...

Fun recycled materials

A huge advocate of the cliché idiom "Waste not, want not", all kinds of "waste" items are saved here in the Graphics Lab! The following are available for the taking: Lots of 12" x 24" pieces of the extra 1 foot tail of laminate that comes out before your laminated...

The Badge-A-Minit Button Maker

The Badge-A-Minit Button Maker

Badges (also called buttons) are a great and inexpensive way to reward students or to sell for a fundraiser.  There are two sizes and each comes in Pin back or Magnet back for the same price: - Standard 2-1/4” badges are 50¢ each. - Large 3” badges are 65¢ each. Click...

What is a #2 pencil?

What is a #2 pencil?

The number on a pencil indicates the amount of hardness or softness the writing core has. A #1 pencil is very soft, makes a dark mark, and tends to smudge. A #3 or #4 pencil is very hard, makes a light mark, and tends to “dent” the paper. The #2 grade pencil makes a...

Copy Paper Care

Copy Paper Care

There is an art to caring for the paper that goes into copy machines. Paper needs to be stored in the wrapper AND in the paper box for as long as possible.  Leaving paper sitting around unwrapped or unboxed causes it to absorb moisture very quickly - resulting in...

Can I Drop Off Copy Jobs?

Can I Drop Off Copy Jobs?

CAN I DROP OFF COPY JOBS? The answer: Yes! Save wear and tear on school staff AND the school copier. Both teachers and administrators can drop off copy jobs or send them through interschool mail to the Graphics Lab. Turn around time ranges from a couple of hours to a...

A Color Copier in the Graphics Lab!!!

A Color Copier in the Graphics Lab!!!

The Graphics Lab has a Kyocera COLOR Copier that is here to stay. We have the best price in town with a charge of 15 cents per side for 8-1/2" x 11" Color Copies and 35 cents per side for 11" x 17" Color Copies . . . cash, check, or account number will be accepted for...

Do you know who invented the scissors?

Do you know who invented the scissors?

The invention of scissors is frequently attributed to Leonardo DaVinci (maybe Mona Lisa just needed her hair cut?), but scissors were around long before DaVinci's time (1452-1519) and the actual person who invented scissors is not known. In 1500 BC Ancient Egyptians...

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