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Ms. O. from Oakland CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Raise Our Voices

The cost of an Oklahoma Sound sound system is $1078, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $1,078 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

E.C. Reems is a K-8 charter school in East Oakland serving 350 students. We would like a sound system to use for a few worthy purposes. Our school is in a disenfranchised neighborhood so we strive to inform the community in order to transform the community. We have used our voices to make change in many ways. For instance, our students exponentially increased the number of registered voters in our district by talking to our neighbors, registering them as voters and encouraging participation in the political process. We open up our doors to address the needs of our school and community. We offer services from adult literacy classes to free Thanksgiving turkey dinners to parenting classes and harm reduction therapy. Because we are so vocal in the community, we desire a way to raise our voices even further. We believe in change and are extremely proactive in a rather neglected community. A sound system would allow us to speak out publicly on the issues that affect our school and community. It would also allow us a means of creative expression. For instance, many of our students are very talented poets who have no avenue for public expression. This sound system will allow us to hold monthly poetry slams where students can come with their best work in hand to perform for the school and uplift the greater community with a message of hope and positivity. Another important use for the sound system is that we gather each morning to recite the Kwanzaa principles. The principles remind us that we can build a strong sense of self-worth from being creative, living a purposeful life, and being kind and whole-hearted in service to our family and community. All 350 of our students gather outside each morning as a different child leads us in recitation of the principles and the pledge of allegiance. The sound system represents so much to us because it literally gives us a louder voice to speak out in our community and to make our intentions known. The students and teachers at E.C. Reems put our hearts into our work and your gift will be a benefit to not only us, but the people in our neighborhood. We thank you for your consideration of this proposal. Please know that your gift is so greatly appreciated by each and every one of us and will be used for years to come by countless voices.

Ms. O.
Grades 3-5
  • E C Reems Academy of Tech & Art
  • Oakland, CA
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 350 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Oklahoma Sound Pro-Audio 100 Watt • Highsmith Inc. $712.80 1 $712.80

Materials cost

$712.80

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$883.55

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$193.95

Total project goal

$1,077.50

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,077.50

2 Donors

-$1,016.64

Donations toward project cost

-$884.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$132.39

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$61.71

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$0.00

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