Teacher, why isn't the stereo working?
I teach music to nearly 220 Kindergarten through fifth grade students. We do a lot of singing, accompanying songs with rhythm instruments, as well as listening to music from different eras and cultures for journaling and writing purposes. We are a school located in a poor neighborhood. Many of my students live in poverty and ninety percent receive free or reduced lunch. Several of them do not come from a home where they can listen to a radio because the family cannot afford the electricity it takes to operate a radio or they cannot afford to purchase one.
My classroom CD player was broken before I started teaching at my current school. I have brought a stereo from home to use, but last week it quit working unexpectedly. We have a brand new five-disc changer and speakers that could be used in the classroom, but I do not have a stereo receiver that I can plug it into for use. With budget shortfalls, I am hesitant to ask for a stereo to be purchased when money could be used to provide needed supplies for reading and math instruction.
Having a stereo system to plug our CD player into will help my music classes immensely. It will allow us to continue crossing the bridge into writing and reading by allowing us to continue journaling about the music we listen to on a weekly basis. It will give us a way to rehearse songs for our musical programs throughout the year.
Having a stereo receiver in the classroom will allow my students to continue to be exposed to the different styles of music in the world and learn how music can improve their reading and writing skills. It will also help teach my children that helping in any way to make someone's world a better place is an important skill and a great quality to have in their life. These children come from backgrounds where they are often neglected or do not get the support they need. Your generosity helps them learn to be better people.
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