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Mr. Buck from Ithaca NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Violins for Little Hands

My students need 4 violins to learn on in their string classes. This is a low income school and they deserve to have instruments for their orchestra class.

  • $997 goal

This project expired on March 23, 2012.

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My Students

When I started to learn the violin I could not put it down. Not only did my homework and test scores improve, but now I was working on a team with other kids like me. I loved music and still do today. That is why I teach it to disadvantaged students.

I teach orchestra for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

The program has grown so much, but the district cannot afford to buy instruments for the students who cannot afford to rent from the local music store. Most are on a tight budget with many parents on disability and unemployment.

My Project

I found a way to obtain 4 new violins this last year and the students who have those instruments of that quality practiced more, and their test scores have been rising. They even have written in these lessons to some of the children's IEP programs. Their reading score have been increasing and their overall attention and focus as well as discipline has been remarkable.

In a world where music seems to be more and more underfunded, we see that the scores on tests and the overall well-being of children has been declining.

I know that this is in part due to the lack of quality music programs. I have seen evidence of what it has done for my students here. It has changed many students lives forever. How many Yo Yo Ma's and others would not be here if it were not possible to have access to an instrument due to a financial issue.

Mr. Buck
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 5 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Model 50 violin outfit • Woodwind & Brasswind $199.95 4 $799.80

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