The students and community I serve come from diverse backgrounds and often low-economic households where over 70% of the student body qualifies for free and reduced lunch making it hard for me to ask the community to help fund classroom items.
When my students come to music I hope to create an environment that allows everyone to learn while having fun, feeling safe, and offering creative outlets for students to engage and connect with an art form that brings us together- Music.
Because I am a 'Specials' educator and not a general classroom educator it is even more difficult for me to ask students and their families to help bring in classroom essentials (pencils, tissues, etc.); because of this, my budget must be split between these classroom necessities and musical additions (instruments, manipulatives, new music, etc.) used to enhance and broaden our learning experiences. Funding a project like this on a platform like DonorsChoose allows my program to grow in ways it could not normally do so.
Earlier this year friends, family, community members, and supporters came together to help our school start our first ukulele program! Thirty Kala Watermans were purchased, giving us enough instruments for every student to use one while in class.
In this 'Encore' project I am asking for additional supplies to further support our new program.
These additional supplies include electronic tuners so that I can begin to teach my students how to independently tune their own instruments (which will also means less time I spend tuning, and more time I can spend teaching!) and an additional clear Waterman Ukulele I can use to demonstrate and teach with.
Thank you once again for helping start and support this new musical learning opportunity; my students and I, along with our school and community are so excited to have been given these high quality materials.
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