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Ms. Doremus from Sedgwick ME is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cigar Box Ukulele: Integrating Music and Art with Recycled Material

Help me give my students the tools and materials to build their own musical instruments.

  • $333 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are always up for a challenge. Our motto is "Make Mistakes; It's how you grow as a learner." I try as best I can to integrate the art into the academic curriculum so a lot of my projects are STEAM based.

Our school is in a rural area in Maine where poverty is real and the home life of our students is sometimes a struggle.

That being said, our students are eager learners and excited about the learning process. School is their second home and I feel we are their second family. Our principal is one who works hard to make our students' education rich with extra projects and activities but his power is limited by the financial reality of our community. I want these children to come away from our school with a sense of "I can be anything I want." As an art teacher I feel it imperative that they learn to think outside the box and recognize that creativity informs all their activities. My goal is not to make artists per se, but to help form young adults who can problem solve with a creative, open mind and recognize their full potential.

My Project

This project will integrate music and art using recycled cigar boxes. Our school has significant financial difficulty providing musical instruments for our students. Our music program is rich but in need of more instruments. To fix that situation our students have decided to make their own. Excellent problem solving skills!

I have gotten cigar boxes and hard wood for the necks donated by the community and now the students need the remaining materials to build ukuleles.

This project teaches the students to figure out how to overcome obstacles in learning. No musical instruments? No Problem! We will make them ourselves.

Ms. Doremus
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AOMGD Guitar String Tuning Peg Tuner Machine Head • Amazon Business $6.81 13 $88.53
D'Addario EJ87S Titanium Ukulele Strings, Soprano • Amazon Business $4.56 15 $68.40
Narrow/Low Fret Wire for Mandolin, Banjo, Ukelele, Dulcimer & more - Six Feet • Amazon Business $10.29 5 $51.45
E-Z LOK 400-4 Threaded Inserts for Wood, Installation Kit, Brass, Includes 1/4-20 Knife Thread Inserts (5), Drill, Installation Tool • Amazon Business $17.22 1 $17.22
E-Z Lok 400-4 Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, 1/4"-20 Internal Threads, 0.500" Length (Pack of 25) • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25

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