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Ms. S. from Decatur GA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

Celebrating the Cherokee Through Song and Story

Teacher professional development. I need to attend a workshop in Native American music, storytelling, and art that will enrich our curriculum and bring history to life for my students.<profdevpilot>

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My Students

An elementary school library should not be a quiet place! A busy library is a beehive of activity, where puppet shows and singing are as welcome as quiet storytime. Our Title I school library serves over 400 children every week and hosts dozens of special programs each year.

I have taught in many capacities at my school for nearly ten years; I sought out this particular school for its cultural diversity and commitment to Dr. Martin Luther King's ideal "Beloved Community." I had graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Literature, studied abroad in China and Mexico, worked in a public library, and realized I had a talent for children's storytelling.

When I came to Georgia, I volunteered a year of service in AmeriCorps' school-based program, a highly selective domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps. During the application process, this school stood out as unique, and I wrote an essay about why I was a perfect fit! During that service year, I tutored low-level English speakers, organized and ran an afterschool program, coached gym---you name it. While working full time, I also earned my M.Ed. in Library Science, and now, ten years later, I remain devoted to my school, its mission, and my students.

My Project

I am requesting the opportunity to pursue a very unique workshop in Native American music, history, and storytelling. Georgia's history is rich with the cultures of the Cherokee and Creek Indians, and our elementary students are immersed in this colorful history every year. The John Campbell Folk School offers many out-of-the-ordinary classes that are perfectly suited to elementary teachers and librarians. In this workshop, I will actually gain hands-on skill at playing a traditional Native American flute, learn how to keep the oral tradition through Cherokee Creation stories, and even learn songs that will enliven my teaching and engage my students as active participants in the proud history of the Cherokee and Creek nations. I want to bring authentic experiences to my students, who learn best by participating in hands-on activities, and this workshop will help me grow personally, professionally, and maybe even spiritually.

Georgia is an epicenter for the study of the Cherokee and Creek Indian cultures.

Many of our teaching standards seek to illustrate this important and colorful aspect of our local history. I can reach over 400 students per week during structured library time, and I can engage my students in the richness of Native American culture through the storytelling, music, and art I learn in this unique workshop.

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Ms. S.
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 425 students.

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Activity John Campbell Folk School $594.00
Food John Campbell Folk School $548.00

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