As a Title I school in an area that was recently named the most diverse neighborhood in the nation, our greatest strength comes from the diversity that each individual brings to the table. My students are funny and kind. They stick up for each other, celebrate each other, and understand what it means to come together.
My students deserve equal access to high quality music programs because learning to play an instrument is "the best brain training" you can give children for "language comprehension and the promotion of cognitive skills: attention, working memory and self-regulation" (Stix, 57).
Furthermore, access to playing instruments is about closing the opportunity gap amongst low income youth. According to Catterall (2012), “71% of low socio-economic students with arts-rich experiences attended some sort of college after high school while only 48 percent of the low-arts, low-SES group attended any sort of college” (10).
This project serves the purpose of providing my students with healthy and portable snacks for our before and after school music programs.
My choir, students are expected to arrive at school an early hour. Proof of my students' dedication to their music comes with the fact that many walk to school all winter long in Alaska! Furthermore, as a highest poverty school where 100% of students receive breakfast and lunch through the Free and Reduced Lunch program, even more students arrive for choir without having eaten breakfast. For our after school music programs, ukulele and orchestra, students stay at school for an extra hour before walking home.
Simply put, the snacks requested for this project are a necessity for my students to participate and thrive in our tuition-free public school music programs which include: choir, ukulele club and orchestra class.
My goal goes beyond just providing to music education to my students. I insist that the highest quality of music education is accessible for all students. Please help me purchase granola bars and apple sauce, so that every student can receive a healthy snack when they participate in our school's music programs. My amazing students deserve to think about where to put their fingers to play the violin, or how to use proper singing posture. They should NOT have to think about how hungry they are!
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