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Ms. Elston from Crescent City CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Drumming to Cope

My students need the opportunity to engage in musical learning; specifically drumming. One great way to learn new coping skills is to allow the students to try new things.

  • $1,534 goal

This project expired on June 8, 2018.

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My Students

My students are qualified for special education based on their emotional and behavioral challenges. They are a bright group of (mainly) young men who have a passion for science, music, history, and exploration.

The majority of my students and their families are socioeconomically disadvantaged and live at or below the poverty rate.

As a new teacher, I struggle to provide the necessary supplies to my students on my own. My students are all very bright, love learning and utilize every opportunity they can to engage in a hands-on environment. This year, they have exceeded expectations of their families, former teachers, and other educational professionals by soaring through most lessons and proving they are passionate about learning and capable of great thinking.

My Project

My students often struggle with managing their anger and other intense emotions. Learning to drum will help my students find positive ways to cope.

I am teaching my students how to cope with their negative emotions.

These emotions sometimes result in students choosing unsafe behavior and/or causing harm to others. As a way to teach my students new coping skills and positive anger management, I want to teach them to drum. Focusing on rhythm while also engaging in physical activity will help my students learn to control their anger while also learning how to create music, work as a group and engage in positive coping skills; which is why I'm requesting 13 Djembe drums and a drum keys package.

Ms. Elston
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 13 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mechanically Tuned Djembe with Extended Rim • Woodwind and Brasswind $87.40 13 $1,136.20
Drum Keys 6-Strip Package • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.79 1 $14.79

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