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Mrs. Orlovsky from Los Angeles CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Drumming: Embodied in Social Emotional Learning

Help me give my students the benefit of drumming with percussion instruments to promote positive emotions by adding joy and laughter to their school day while reducing stress, self-judgment, and the effects of trauma with music.

  • $1,390 goal

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My Students

Our school is located in East Los Angeles, all of our students come from very diverse backgrounds and it would be difficult to paint them all with a broad brush. Our students reflect the diversity of our neighboring community, and our students come from a wide range of economic and racial backgrounds. About a third of our students are on the spectrum and about 10% come to school dealing with behavioral issues stemmed from trauma. Whereas, our TK-8 program test scores are in the top ten percentile from our county, the second largest school district in the nation.

Young students who experienced high levels of stress or trauma really benefit from our social-emotional based art class.

Our students come to school for a place that makes them feel like they are part of a safe community. Students at our school are learning about who they are, that we are all interconnected, and how to be positive change makers.

My Project

For students who struggle in academic subjects and emotional regulation, drumming offers an opportunity for students to shine. New findings show that drumming is also highly effective for special education classrooms. With drumming, one can participate as much or as little as one likes, yet still, be engaged and feel part of the group which makes it an all-inclusive, non-verbal, and self-contained activity with a therapeutic dimension involving such elements as positive affirmations, emotional coping strategies, and guided interaction with rhythmic activities serving as a metaphor for life, the drumming activity is then followed by reflection and meaningful dialogue—without the stigma of therapy.

To help support our high-risk students we are looking for a variety of healing sound percussion drums.

The nested drums store perfectly for the classroom and djembe drums will help provide a variety of sounds our drum circles. Shared creative experiences offer organic opportunities for meaningful dialogue. Rhythmic strategies can be utilized easily in classrooms as a kinesthetic tool for facilitating learning, cooperative behavior, and a positive classroom environment.

Mrs. Orlovsky
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 20 students.

16 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Versa Drum Tubano Tall Nested Pack • Woodwind and Brasswind $419.99 2 $839.98
Freestyle ColorSound Djembe • Woodwind and Brasswind $199.99 1 $199.99

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