Do you remember your childhood art and music classes?
I do, even going back to elementary school. In particular, I loved our hour with Mr. Drumheller, the music teacher. We started off in kindergarten clanking wooden blocks together to learn about rhythm, by third grade had acquired an impressive repertoire of folk songs, and in fifth grade, learned the music from The Wiz, Oliver!, and The Muppets Take Manhattan.
In high school, choir class was my one constant, the thing that kept me engaged with school during a time when my interest in academics seriously waned. In Mrs. Mckean’s choir I learned about more than just musicality: I learned discipline and the importance of showing up and being part of a team.
As a dreamy, often lonely child whose parents didn’t have a lot of money for outside music lessons, the hours I spent poring over sheet music or singing my heart out on the risers felt like heaven, and it absolutely had a lasting effect on my life: I credit my time with Mr. Drumheller for turning my budding love of musical theatre into an all-out obsession, and not a week goes by when I don’t recognize a piece of music I learned in Mrs. McKean’s choir class.
I’m guessing you have a story like that about a music or art program from your childhood: so many of us do, right? And I see it playing out with my own kids, too. Every year they put on a big all-class performance, and I’m always blown away by how hard the kids and teachers work and how much they learn in the process. And my office walls? Covered with the drawings and paintings they’ve created in art class.
That’s why I get so upset when I hear about arts and music programs being threatened or cut. It shouldn’t have to be a matter of academics vs. arts. They’re both equally important, equally part of what make us civilized humans and offer our kids a full, rich life. Not only that but there’s a ton of research connecting the arts to school success and the development of empathy and emotional intelligence. Arts shouldn’t have to lose for academics to win: they work together.
So I’m very excited to partner with Schoola, an innovative service that allows you to donate your child’s gently-used clothing, or purchase gently-used clothing for your child…all while helping to save music and arts programs in schools!
Here’s how it works:
To Donate: Head over to Schoola and click “donate” to request a postage-paid donation bag. Fill the bag with your child’s outgrown clothes and drop it in the mail. $2 of every $5 earned on the sales of the clothes you donate will be given to the school of your choice.
Don’t have any clothes to donate? Go shopping instead! I went shopping there this morning and was really impressed by the selection – there are quality name brands there and the prices are just about what I’d pay at our local consignment store. Plus, you don’t have to leave the house, and there’s free shipping on orders over $50.
Plus, for every person who makes a purchase or requests a donation bag using one of the links in this post, $1 will be donated to a featured school that I’ve selected to support – KIPP Academy in the Bronx. If you want to be inspired to help KIPP Academy and schools like it, just check out this video:
Pretty inspiring, huh?
To summarize: Donate your child’s used clothes, and both your child’s school and the Kipp Academy earn money for their arts programs. Shop for gently-used clothes, and you get a great bargain plus help schools at the same time.
It’s a total win-win. And I know some of us need to clean out those closets anyway, right? (Ahem, me, ahem.)
One more thing – whichever blogger gets the most readers to request a donation bag gets to give the school of their choice an additional $1000. I would be so honored to be able to win that donation on behalf of KIPP Academy, but I need your help!
So let’s do this. Head over to Schoola and request your donation bag right now!
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