You're on track to get doubled donations (and unlock a reward for the colleague who referred you). Keep up the great work!
Take credit for your charitable giving! Check out your tax receipts

In a rush to make a major tax-deductible gift before the year's end? Purchase account credits and choose projects later!

Time is running out! Make your tax-deductible gift before midnight on December 31.

To use your $50 gift card credits, find a project to fund and we'll automatically apply your credits at checkout. Find a classroom project
Are you a public school teacher in need of funding? Get funded »

Are you a teacher? Create a project in 10 minutes and get what you need for your students. Tap here to start.

Skip to main content

We're a charity that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Your school email address was successfully verified.

See this teacher's page

Ms. Dwyer from Waterbury CT is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keeping it Clean: Instruments and Accessories!

Help me give my students in instrumental music the tools they need to keep their flutes, clarinets and violins in playable and clean working order.

  • $991 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach in a low-income/high-poverty school district. My students face challenges both in and out of the classroom every single day. Despite these challenges, they still come to school with a smile on their face, ready to work, learn and have fun.

I am always looking to purchase more supplies and materials to make my students' experiences as wonderful as possible.

It is my desire to give them every available opportunity to make their time in school a rewarding and successful experience for them every day. I want them to look back and remember their education as a positive, happy and joyful time in their lives.

My Project

I have been teaching music to children in Waterbury for 25 years and 6 of those years have included teaching instrumental music. I am very lucky to have an administrator who gives me time to schedule students for multiple levels of violin, flute, clarinet, and drum pad. I have enjoyed watching my students grow as musicians whether they're with me for 1 year or all the way up to 5 years before they head off to high school.

As rewarding as it is, there are many obstacles to teaching instrumental music, including keeping the students' instruments clean, having broken or no rosin come with violins or having students forget their instruments.

For the past several years I have had many students pass through my instrumental program and those students either rented their instruments from local music stores or purchased used instruments from the Internet. In almost every case, they are missing the accessories that should come with them or they are broken. During this time, I have cut up used sheets to give to clarinet, flute and violin students to keep their instruments clean inside and out. The supplies from this project will allow me to do several things. First, I can throw those old sheets away and give all of my students new cleaning cloths and swabs. Second, the rosin will be given to my violin students who never seem to have rosin or if they do, it's broken into jagged pieces. Lastly, the two extra violins and flutes will ensure that those students who forget their instrument will still be able to participate in their weekly lesson.

Ms. Dwyer
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Boost your odds

Add a profile photo in addition to your classroom photo. If you add a photo, it'll show up right here on your project page.

You are more likely to receive funding if you put a face to your name.

Upload a photo

Learn how we’re working to support teachers and students during Covid-19

Top rated for efficiency and transparency.

You donate directly to the teacher or project you care about and see where every dollar you give goes.

Expand the "Where your donation goes" section below to see exactly what Ms. Dwyer is requesting.

See our finances

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
String Instrument Microfiber Polishing Cloth for Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.99 35 $209.65
Model EFL-100 Student Flute • Woodwind and Brasswind $99.99 2 $199.98
Flute Swab • Woodwind and Brasswind $4.99 25 $124.75
Student Series Violin Outfit • Woodwind and Brasswind $99.99 1 $99.99
Student Series Violin Outfit • Woodwind and Brasswind $99.99 1 $99.99
Dri Bore Clarinet Swab • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 12 $35.88
Violin/Viola Rosin • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.99 10 $29.90

Materials cost


Vendor shipping charges


State sales tax


3rd party payment processing fee


Fulfillment labor & materials


Total project cost


Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Total project goal


How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal


5 Donors


Donations toward project cost


Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


match offer


Match offer toward project cost


Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms


Still needed View calculationHide calculation


Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

View complete list Show less

Project Activity

{"pmaHash":"","schoolCity":"Waterbury","showProjectRecommendations":true,"teachersOnPage":[4101970],"isTeacherViewingTheirOwnProject":false,"schoolState":"CT","teacherPossessivePronoun":"her","PMsManager":null,"schoolGradeType":{"id":3,"name":"Middle School"},"TeacherPMForms":{},"proposalId":3678779,"proposalMessageFormModel":null,"numActiveProjects":0,"completingDonationAmount":0,"teacherHasClassroomPhoto":true,"proposalURL":"","verifyShowPhotos":"","mayHaveReplacements":false,"numStudents":150,"teacherScreenName":"Ms. Dwyer","authorIds":{"4101970":{"owner":"Ms. Dwyer","donationSalutations":{}}},"displayedPercentFunded":1.0,"proposalsOnPage":[3678779],"proposalHash":"-251613918","isApplePayMobileOnly":true,"progressBarPercentage":100.00,"pmaId":"","teacherProfilePhotoURL":"","teacherHasProfilePhoto":true,"currentWorkflowStatusCode":21,"teacherChallengeId":20882492,"photosPublished":true,"queryString":"","DonorPMForm":null,"isApplePayEnabled":true,"fundedByTarget":false,"activeProject":null,"donorIdsForImpactPhotoCheck":["NDEwMTk3MA==","NTk4MzQzMw==","NTgwNTc2Mw==","NDAwMDkwNw==","NDMyMDA4Nw==","NDMwMDQ2NA=="],"teacherId":4101970,"schoolCounty":"New Haven","fullyFunded":true,"isStudentLed":false,"isExpired":true,"schoolStateObj":{"code":"CT","name":"Connecticut"}}