I LOVELOVELOVE DonorsChoose. It provides an opportunity for teachers to try to bring projects to their classrooms that otherwise would never happen.
I have written such a grant, one that otherwise likely wouldn’t happen. It’s really big, but I really so much think my students deserve this opportunity.
I want to have artists in my classroom next year. Every week.
And an anonymous donor has matched my grant by half… but only if I can find another $2,419 by August 22.
Now, why is this important?
Most of my students are former refugees. All of my students are high poverty. All of my students have low proficiency in English. And … they need a little time to laugh and learn.
Bringing art and drama into a classroom helps with that. This is learning like they’ve never learned before.
But I also want my classroom to be a lab to help local artists learn how to teach students with low proficiency in English. I want this to be a mutually beneficial program… I will work with artists to help them bridge language gaps, and they will help me bring an exciting program to my students.
My partner teacher Suzy and I did it two years ago, with the generous support of an anonymous donor at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. It was amazing. We built community across cultures. We invited tons of people into our room to talk about how life in high school is just so very different than the “normal” path for these students. And we laughed.
It was amazing.
So here is how you can help.
Got $5 you would like to throw at my class? Go to the link above and pledge!
Or, if you don’t feel like parting with your Lincolns, share my project widely. You never know. Maybe your neighbor, or your friend, or your boss or someone who is only marginally connected with you, might see this project and decide THEY want to give.
Heck, my section leader from my college marching band at the University of Kansas just threw some money my way! Thanks, Doug!
Anyway, I’d appreciate your help!