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Mrs. Tillman from Winder GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stand-O With That Mando!

Help me give my students an electric mandolin (to plug in and be heard) and a strap to be able to play it standing up.

  • $319 goal

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My Students

My classroom is performance oriented with a stage, a full set of risers, and more instruments than you would expect in the average elementary classroom. We make music with our own hands and breath, and we do it well. I'm in my sixth year at this school, and in the time I've been here, my students have become multi-instrumentalists on the bass, mandolin, piano, and drums.

Some students like to switch around between the instruments, while others have "specialized" and concentrate all their learning on just one.

Either way is fine by me, as long as they're learning and enjoying music and school.

My Project

My older students LOVE setting an example for our younger ones. Every opportunity they get to put on a show for the little ones they jump at the chance. And since our youngest classes have lots of performances throughout the year for special programs for parents, our little ones often need musical accompaniment, but they are too young and inexperienced to play it themselves.

The mandolin requested in this project is electric, so when the fifth graders play for events like the "Q and U Wedding" or the "Thanksgiving Feast" for our youngest classes, they can be heard by all the students who can then sing along.

I would MUCH prefer to have my fifth graders play at all these events rather than me doing it. That's what I'm all about: kids doing things for themselves without adult help. The ability to play together with others and lead is an essential skill as they get older even if they don't choose to pursue music. We have several electric guitars, but we need this mandolin because chords on the mandolin are much easier and this opens up performance opportunities for more students. Our youngest classes always enjoy hearing older kids play for them and it gets them excited about learning the instruments as they get older.

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

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 100 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
M510E A-STYLE Acoustic-Electric Mandolin • Woodwind and Brasswind $199.99 1 $199.99
3/4" Suede Loop Mandolin Strap • Woodwind and Brasswind $21.99 1 $21.99

Materials cost

$221.98

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$15.32

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.33

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$270.63

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$47.76

Total project goal

$318.39

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$318.39

6 Donors

-$164.26

Donations toward project cost

-$148.02

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$16.24

match offer

-$144.25

Match offer toward project cost

-$122.61

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.64

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$9.88

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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