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Ms. Peppers from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Take a Look! It's in a Book!

Help me give my students music books to build our library and open up the wondrous world of song and expression!

  • $273 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are tuneful, beautiful, artful people! Our classroom is filled with joy, the joy that comes from making music together. We sing songs from around the world, move expressively, dance, play instruments, and compose music. Some of my students really flourish and become excellent singers or instrument players or dancers. When I identify those high-achieving students, I try to find opportunities for them to shine outside of school. I teach students in grades K-4 at a charter school in the South Bronx.

My Project

My musicians love to cozy up with a good book at the beginning of class. I set a timer, and for those few moments before the lesson, they immerse themselves in stories of courage, song, and everyday kids who grew up to be musical giants. As the timer goes off, there's always a few children that are itching to share what they've discovered about a particular musician or genre, "hey look, Ms. Peppers! We play have pianos just like Duke Ellington!" or, "I didn't know Tito Puente lived in New York City. That's where we live!" As a kid, I was always trying to find a bit of myself in the musicians I looked up to. I found my time of practice at the piano enriched by new things I learned about Nina Simone or Chopin. All it takes is one spark from a sentence or whimsical illustration to set a dream and a goal ablaze.

By donating to this project, you'll help my stellar musicians continue to draw deeper connections from themselves to cultures around them and musicians that inspire.

They'll learn of how musicians honed their skills, where they got their nicknames from, or how their backgrounds and interests led them to create memorable and impactful works. Please help me foster an appreciation for music in my classroom.

Ms. Peppers
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • Amazon Business $5.99 5 $29.95
88 Instruments • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
A River • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Because • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Who Was Bob Marley? • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Who Were the Beatles? (Who Was--?) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
What Is Rock and Roll? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Who Is Elton John? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Who Are the Rolling Stones? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
King of the Sky • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Who Was Aretha Franklin? • Amazon Business $5.08 2 $10.16
Who Was Elvis Presley? • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Who Is Stevie Wonder? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
Josephine Baker (Little People, BIG DREAMS) • Amazon Business $6.38 1 $6.38

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