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Mrs. Perez from Brooklyn NY is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Music Fuels The Soul, More Healthy Snacks Fuel The Musician

Help me give my students healthy snacks for our before and after-school band rehearsals!

  • $260 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

"Ago?" "Ame!" ("Are you ready to learn?" "Yes, we are ready to learn!") My music students are familiar with this call and response which, borrowed from the folkloric traditions of West Africa loosely translates to "Listen!" and "I am listening." The students at my school are comfortable with multiple languages. Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, Russian, Arabic, and Uzbek make up the first languages of most of my students. Some are still learning English, but that doesn't stop them from having fun in the music room.

It is no doubt that their capacity to understand two or more languages attract them to music.

A community of immigrants, the students have a wonderful opportunity to bring a bit of their musical culture to our school, sharing their unique experiences and learning to appreciate others' contributions. Our school is large, around thirteen hundred students, with seventy percent of them qualifying for free lunch. Recently, our music department received the best gift music students could ever get - a music room. No longer do the music teachers have to push into the crowded classrooms bringing only as much as we can carry. Now students have a large space dedicated entirely to music!

My Project

My band students are awesome! In addition to rehearsing during the school day and at least once a week during their lunch, they often practice after school, before school, and on the weekends. They even return at the end of the summer the week before school starts to get a jump start on their music. The rehearsals are long and tiring. Extra water and food throughout the rehearsals are a necessity.

Most of my students qualify for free lunch and aren't able to bring snacks.

Since we are practicing after school hours, the school can't provide them with food. And while those who are able to bring food are always willing to share with those without (because my students are that great) I would like to be able to offer healthy snacks to everyone. This will be the 3rd or 4th time I've done a project through for healthy snacks for my band students and these snacks are ALWAYS appreciated (and eagerly consumed!) by my students. I am extremely grateful to those donors of the past snack projects and hope to be able to continue to fund more healthy food for my students.

These snacks will be saved and used throughout the year for these extra rehearsals. And maybe, if a student ever comes to school hungry, even if they aren't in the band, they'll know where they can go for a small, healthy snack.

Mrs. Perez
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Expect More Annie's Organic Fruit Snack Variety Pack (0.8 oz, 42 ct.) • Amazon Business $20.73 2 $41.46
Healthy Snacks To Go Healthy Mixed Snack Box & Snacks Gift Variety Pack (Care Package 66 Count) • Amazon Business $36.79 1 $36.79
Sahale Snacks All Natural Nut Blends Grab And Go Variety Pack (24 Pack) • Amazon Business $35.91 1 $35.91
That's it Super Sampler, Pack of 12, (4 Apple+MANGO, 2 Apple+Blueberry, 2 Apple+Apricot, 2 Apple+Strawberry, 2 Apple Pineapple) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels, 100 Calorie Mini Pretzels, 0.92 oz (Pack of 36) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
KIND Bar Mini's, Variety Pack, Gluten Free, 100 Calories, Low Sugar, .7oz Bar, 30 Count • Amazon Business $17.94 1 $17.94
That's it Apple + Cinnamon 100% Natural Real Fruit Bar, Best High Fiber Vegan, Gluten Free Healthy Snack, Paleo for Children & Adults, Non GMO No Added Sugar, No Preservatives Energy Food (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99

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