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Mrs. Floyd from Napa CA is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Ring in a Harmonious New Year

Help me give my students an opportunity to make beautiful music, and learn to read, with handbells.

  • $255 goal

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My Students

I teach in an Artful Learning magnet school with a diverse population of students including low, middle, and upper middle class families. We also have a number of special education classes, where students can thrive and be mainstreamed as appropriate. All students are given a chance to experience Core Curriculum through instruction in visual and performing arts which includes fine art, culinary art, music, drama, movement, and dance. Original student creations are shared on campus and through live presentations, art shows, and gallery installations.

My students start school as four-year-olds; yet, they quickly become a responsible caring community of students where they are encouraged to be collaborative learners.

One of the most beautiful elements on our campus is watching my young learners embrace our special needs students, helping them have a sense of belonging. Our special needs students benefit from our diverse art experiences and often find great success as they participate. I am proud of the way my students embrace their classmates with special needs and treat them with respect and dignity.

My Project

Can young children learn about the concept of harmony? You bet they can! We define "harmony" as working together to solve problems and create peace. Our unit of study will include how we can have harmony at home, harmony with the weather, and harmony in our community. Students will learn how to solve problems and use their personal skills to work together towards peace.

As students learn about harmony using their handbells, they will also learn it is a multiple meaning word, important for both musicians, and people in our community.

We are planning to use our handbells to show how we can work together to create beautiful music. My young students will learn to "read music" using the color cue cards for the handbells. This process is very similar to learning to read letters and sounds to make words.

Once my young students learn to use handbells, they will be able to transfer their skills to those needed to become readers. Students will be confident in "reading" from left to right, and they will also begin to listen for sounds. Both of these skills will prepare my students to be successful readers.

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

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This project will reach 24 students.

5 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kid's Play 13-Note Hand/Desk Bell Set • Woodwind and Brasswind $94.99 1 $94.99
Color Coded Handbell Cards/36 Chords • Woodwind and Brasswind $44.00 1 $44.00
Handbell Melody Cards • Woodwind and Brasswind $23.99 1 $23.99
More 8-Note Bell Songs Book • Woodwind and Brasswind $5.60 1 $5.60

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