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Mrs. Nichols from Waipahu HI is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Music for Special Needs Students

Help me give my students the gift of music with these simple xylophones.

  • $260 goal

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My Students

I have been teaching at my school for a little over 14 years. I teach at a Title I school with over 70% of the student population receiving free/reduced cost lunch and with a high English-Language Learner and special education population. The school is located in a low, socioeconomic neighborhood.

I do the best I can to make sure my students get the best learning experiences because all children deserve a quality education.

As the music teacher for our first music program, I am lucky to work with every single student in our school from preK (Head Start) to 6th grade to FSC students in special education.

My students may be considered "disadvantaged," but they are certainly not discouraged. They really do want to learn and want to succeed in life despite the hardships they go through, and I see this drive in music class! I have always believed in making learning relevant and fun so that they have the desire to come to school. Like many other teachers, I have been spending my own money on classroom materials, but these students are my children and are worth it.

My Project

I have always believed with all my soul that every child should have an education that includes music education. Growing up, music helped me overcome a lot of things. It helped me overcome being shy. Music helped me learn to read. Music helped me with my emotions and helped me cope with difficult times in my life (like the death of my five-year old brother when I was only seven-years old). I know music can do the same for my students.

Music has so much power, and that is evident when I teach music to students with autism and various learning needs.

I see quiet students singing and dancing. I can see them thinking and being creative. I see students being...children - children having fun.

My music classroom does not have a lot of instruments that are as resilient as some of my students. I see my students looking at the instruments that I use with other students, and, because I don't want them to feel sad that they don't get to use it, I have let them try out the more expensive instruments like our Orff xylophones. However, I know they can get a little too excited and can get a little rough with them. So, I would like to get xylophones that are more appropriate for them. These xylophones would also be used for the kindergarteners and first graders to use in addition to the Orff xylophones.

Mrs. Nichols
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kids Musical Toys Musical Instruments, Glockenspiel Xylophone for Kids, Melodica Musical Instrument Set for Kids, Childs Children Xylophone Coming with 4 Plastic Mallets, Music Card, Kid Harmonica • Amazon Business $11.99 15 $179.85

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