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Mrs. Picard from Battle Creek MI is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Music on the Move!

My students need wheeled xylophone trolleys so these heavy instruments can be safely moved in the classroom.

  • $591 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

HCSD unites our rural community and provides numerous Arts, Stem and sports activities that bring people together. SE has before and after school child care, we participate in the STEM related program, "Bricks for Kids", we host family nights twice a year, and participate in the United Way campaign. Classes take field trips to museums, symphony concerts, and cultural events. Our PTA hosts family events such as a valentine dance for parents and children, craft nights, and a fun fair with games.

SE currently is home to a cognitively impaired, emotionally impaired and autism spectrum classroom.

We cherish our special needs population; our students go on to the middle school and high school with empathy and compassion for those who might look or act a little different. Our school welcomes, cherishes and supports our students and their families.

My Project

I love teaching music and art, “MusArt.” My students produce visual masterpieces, sing, chant, dance, and play instruments all in one room! I spend lots of time thinking about how to configure the space. Expensive barred instruments like xylophones and metallophones need to be far from painting tables, and I need room for creative and folk dance. My school building has acquired a marvelous collection of pitched percussion instruments, but the size of my classroom has not grown. Recently, a young dancer almost fell into the bench that holds several xylophones. The near accident endangered her and our instruments.

Barred instruments on trolleys will give my students more space to improvise, create and express themselves in our fine arts classroom safely.

Carts will allow for flexible grouping during music activities. Mobile instruments will enable adjacent students to play the same part, or move into a mixed ensemble adding drums and miscellaneous unpitched percussion. If children want to explore music in small groups, it will be easy to accommodate their request. The instruments can be wheeled into the center of the room or off to the side depending on the plan for the day; they will get more use if it is easy to move them into and out of central classroom space. I hope that someday when students ask, “Can we try this on the instruments?” I can reply, “Absolutely, let’s wheel them out and make some music!”

Mrs. Picard
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Orff Instrument Stand • Woodwind and Brasswind $104.99 2 $209.98
BasisTrolley Orff Instrument Stand • Woodwind and Brasswind $180.00 1 $180.00
BT BasisTrolley Universal Orff Instrument Stand Adapters • Woodwind and Brasswind $75.00 1 $75.00

Materials cost

$464.98

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.97

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$501.95

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.58

Total project goal

$590.53

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$590.53

13 Donors

-$490.00

Donations toward project cost

-$418.75

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$71.25

match offer

-$97.88

Match offer toward project cost

-$83.20

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$14.68

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.65

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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