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Mrs. Baethke from Rochester MN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Finger-Pickin' Good!

Help me give my students two banjos to learn and another stand to rack our gear.

  • $418 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The positive effects of music education have a ripple effect. The students need a creative outlet to express the life experiences and circumstances so many have survived and thrived through.

Our students are frequently referred to as "those kids, " and we all know that isn't a term of endearment.

The truth is, though, that the students we serve are diverse, disadvantaged, and oftentimes disenfranchised from years of struggling in school for a multitude of reasons. Many of our students come from unimaginable home lives and struggle with the basics in the hierarchy of needs, which pushes school pretty low on their list of priorities. We strive to help the whole student so that they can reengage in school and ultimately be successful, graduate, and hopefully move forward into a post-secondary program. We are a small school with limited resources, so our students don't have the opportunities to explore extracurricular activities that mainstream students enjoy. These activities are essential for students because they engage kids in a way that academic classes alone just can't. Our students deserve to experience this, too.

My Project

In our newly founded music class, we've been learning how to play acoustic guitar, ukulele, and percussion. We had been gifted a banjo, but it needs costly repairs to be functional again. The good news is that it has sparked a huge interest in my students to learn the banjo. I'd love for them to have the opportunity.

Adding the banjos to our brood will add another layer to our musical repertoire and give our students the chance to expand their skills with an instrument they wouldn't otherwise have access to.

Their skills are growing fast and their enthusiasm is contagious. I want them to keep growing and learning because it has been a joy to watch their confidence bloom and their bonds with one another strengthen.

Mrs. Baethke
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
B30 Deluxe 30-Bracket Banjo with Aluminum Rim • Woodwind and Brasswind $149.99 2 $299.98
Triple Guitar Stand • Woodwind and Brasswind $19.99 1 $19.99

Materials cost

$319.97

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.80

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$354.77

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$62.61

Total project goal

$417.38

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$417.38

4 Donors

-$413.14

Donations toward project cost

-$354.77

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$58.37

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$4.24

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$0.00

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