Physical activity has a vital role in education. Play breaks help young learners release stress, get their blood moving, and re-energize their minds so they can return to the classroom focused and ready for success.
Schoola is partnering with Abyssinian Development Corporation to provide the equipment and opportunities students in Harlem need to build healthy bodies and healthy minds.
For the kids at many Harlem schools, the benefits of physical activity don’t come easily. With no gym, the playground is the only place students can get the exercise they need. As they file outside for their 20-minute recess period after lunch, though, all they find is a patch of astroturf, a cracked blacktop, a couple of aging basketball hoops, and some stray furniture. They’re making do with what they have—but imagine how much they could discover about themselves and the possibilities available to them through a play structure with swings and a slide, as well as a level surface to run and play safely.
Schoola is helping these schools build their students’ academic success and well-being by launching an effort and building a community to raise $25,000 for a playground upgrade. Here’s how you can help:
• Donate used clothing to be sold on the Schoola e-commerce site—designate your donation to Abyssinian Benefit Schools or start a fundraiser for your own school
• Do your own shopping on Schoola.com—$2 of every $5 you spend goes to schools to save physical education, music, art and other essential programs
• Help us spread the word and build an even bigger community to support fulfilling the potential of all kids
JOIN US – So we can show the kids at at these Harlem schools and thousands of others like them that we care—and make a positive change in their school experience every day of the week.
Not long ago, Sir Ron was struggling at school. He was falling behind academically and losing faith that he had the ability to succeed.
Now he’s gained a new sense of his own potential, and he has a plan for his future. His transformation started behind a drum kit—but now it extends through every part of his day. Sir Ron’s peers respect him. And he believes in himself. You’ll find stories like Sir Ron’s throughout KIPP Academy Middle School thanks to the school’s commitment to music education. Schoola is joining KIPP Academy to help make that difference in students’ lives every day.
A small school in the Bronx, KIPP Academy works hard to support kids who need all the help they can get. Ninety-five percent of its students qualify for free or reduced cost lunch. More than one in seven receive special education services. Music helps KIPP Academy reach and engage every child who enters its doors. The slogan on the Music Room wall sets the stage—All of Us Will Learn Music. No matter what backgrounds they come from or what challenges they face, they learn lessons together that will serve them the rest of their lives—like how to lead a section, follow direction, and work as a team, and why it’s important to hit the right notes at the right time. Researchers have written volumes about the benefits of music education in developing young minds, but for the kids at KIPP, it’s all about making beautiful music together.
Schoola is launching an effort and building a community to help KIPP Academy fulfill its mission by raising $25,000 to support its music program. Here’s how you can help:
• Donate used clothing to be sold on the Schoola e-commerce site—designate your donation to KIPP or start a fundraiser for your own school
• Do your own shopping on Schoola.com—$2 of every $5 you spend goes to schools to save music, art, physical education, and other essential programs
• Help us spread the word and build an even bigger community to support fulfilling the potential of all kids at schools like KIPP Academy
Join us! So we can help Sir Ron and thousands of other kids like him see themselves and the world in new ways. It’s a big job, but there’s no job more important.
Art can be one of the most important parts of a young student’s life. It teaches kids that it’s okay to be creative and take risks at school—not just in the art room, but in math, languages, and every other subject they study. The educational benefits of an art program are well known, but it’s still not covered by most public school budgets. The parents at Yick Wo Elementary make sure that their school’s students have art class anyway, and Schoola is forming a community to help them do it.
Serving San Francisco’s North Beach, Russian Hill, and Chinatown neighborhoods, Yick Wo relies on fundraising to provide enrichment programs for its 260+ students of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. The experiences of the children show that it’s well worth the effort. “School has a lot of rules to follow but in art you can be free. You can see what you have in front of you and then turn that into something different,” says Orly. “I feel like I can make anything happen. It’s awesome!” says Lars. Art class builds confidence and provides enduring lessons for the students at Yick Wo—as long as the school can continue to provide the raw materials for their inspiration.
Schoola is launching an effort and building a community to help raise $25,000 to support arts programs at Yick Wo. Here’s how you can get involved:
Donate used clothing to be sold on the Schoola e-commerce site—designate your donation to Yick Wo or start a fundraiser for your own school
Do your own shopping on Schoola.com—$2 of every $5 you spend goes to schools to save art, music, physical education, and other essential programs
Help us spread the word and build an even bigger community to support fulfilling the potential of all kids at schools like Yick Wo
Join us to make sure art keeps broadening young minds, opening new channels for self-expression, and fostering the creativity that fuels achievement for the students at Yick Wo.