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Mrs. Wilkins from Anchorage AK is requesting Musical Instruments through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tuning and Comfort for All!

Help me give my students fine tuners and chin rests to play and tune safely and efficiently.

  • $205 goal

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My Students

Our students come from all walks of life. We are the largest school in the state of Alaska with twenty-two hundred students. We serve a community of students where two-thirds of them live below the poverty line. It is our differences that make us strong. We are the most diverse school in North America with over one hundred languages being spoken in our district. Eighty-four percent of our student body is non-white and there is no majority. Because of these differences, we have a strong bond in our school spirit and it is evident in all aspects of the school.

The Orchestra program is a three-time Grammy signature school recognized for its musical success and accomplishments.

The orchestra program averages over one hundred and twenty students yearly and serves all types of students from the most accomplished honor level students to students with disabilities. We have an inclusive classroom where the use of technology will allow differentiation for visual learners.

My Project

We are constantly improving our instrument fleet in order to make our violins and violas more comfortable for our students to play and tune. Proper chin rests make a violin or viola a joy to play. A bad chin rest is the quickest way to make a student give up and quit playing due to a literal pain in the neck.

Being independant in a music classroom also means that you learn and are able to tune your instrument yourself.

This means students are less dependant on the teacher the longer they play an instrument. This is what we want all students to do in any subject: learn and become self-sufficient. Fine tuners on violins and violas enables students to begin and continue this process during their musical career in school.

We are respectfully requesting fine tuners and chinrests for our violins and violas to help promote good posture and allow students to manage their own instruments.

Mrs. Wilkins
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
VP-121 Kaufman Style Violin Chinrest • Woodwind and Brasswind $14.99 6 $89.94
String Adjuster for Violin (Double Prong) • Woodwind and Brasswind $2.50 20 $50.00

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