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Mr. V. from Chicago IL is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

North Grand H.S. Rap & Hip Hop Recording Club

My audio recording project needs 1 Microphone Pop Filter, 1 Large Condenser Microphone, 1 Set of Speakers, 1 Computer Recording Interface, 1 Mic Stand, 2 Pairs of Headphones, 1 Microphone Cable and a Laptop Backpack.

  • $610 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

I teach Special Education at an inner-city high school in Illinois. I work with grades 9-12 in co-taught classrooms as well as a resource room. All of the students at my school face great economic, social, and educational challenges. Almost all qualify for our free breakfast/lunch program. Many of their parents are immigrants who are working hard to support their kids and provide a better life for them. The gang culture is very big in the community and often spills into the school. It is a powerful draw to many young, impressionable students, and we often lose students to the lifestyle.

Many of our students are into rap music. It is a way to express themselves and an identity for them. Students are often walking around the halls rapping, sometimes a song they know, sometimes their own. When given a chance at free writing in English class, these students use rap lyric to make their point. The problem is, these students lack the knowledge and funds to express themselves fully through music. They watch rap videos and movies about recording, but have no idea how to get started. In addition, I feel that if students were able to express themselves in a positive manner, there might be less tension between staff and students, as well as between the students themselves.

The solution is not too difficult. I have the knowledge about recording and production. I want to work with these kids on creating their own music, something they can be proud of. The goal is to provide training and equipment for the kids to use. I will show them how to set up and operate everything, then they will be able to check it out and record on their own. We will do the training as part of our school's Student Development Program which meets once a month. In addition, I will hold weekly meetings to help train the students and provide feedback on their progress. What we need is your help with the equipment.

With your help you will empower students express themselves in a truly positive way. I gave some kids a demonstration the other day with my own equipment. We spent about 30 minutes recording a rap song. They were BLOWN AWAY. I can't walk down the hallway without being stopped by students asking how they can sign up. With your help, I can get the project started. I am providing a laptop and software at my expense, but we need the equipment. Thanks!

Mr. V.
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Popkiller Microphone Pop Filter (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $24.99 1 $24.99
GXL2400 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $79.99 1 $79.99
MS16 Monitor Speakers (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $59.99 1 $59.99
US-122L USB Audio Interface () • Woodwind & Brasswind $129.00 1 $129.00
Tripod Mic Stand (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $24.99 1 $24.99
KENSINGTON HI-FI HEADPHONES Kensington Hi-Fi Headphones • Quill $13.49 2 $26.98
C25J Mic Cable (Standard) • Woodwind & Brasswind $19.98 1 $19.98
BACKPACK SUPERIOR SAFETYCELL COMPUTER PROTECTION COMPARTMEN Mobile Edge Computer Bags; Select Backpack • Quill $62.99 1 $62.99

Materials cost

$428.91

Vendor shipping charges

$42.89

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$10.72

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$500.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$109.76

Total project goal

$609.76

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$609.76

3 Donors

-$588.24

Donations toward project cost

-$500.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$88.24

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$21.52

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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