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KIPP Academy

 

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.

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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.

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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.

See their story at http://www.schoola.com/kipp

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31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 6: Create an Art Space

One of the exciting things about having young children around is to witness their enormous potential for creativity. Kids love building, drawing and painting, making up and acting out stories, inventing songs and games. Given the right conditions, they can do this kind of thing all day long with very little need for guidance from us grownups.

So what are those “right conditions,” you might wonder? The first is obvious: time. Kids need unbroken hours of play when we’re not whisking them off to the next activity, when no other interruptions call. The second is also straightforward: freedom. They need us not to hover, not to say “no” or “try this” or even “good job” every two minutes. And if that seems hard to swallow, then the third condition should make it easier to give our kids the creative freedom they need: space.

To get started with your own space where your younger kids can do-it-themselves with art projects, find a space on a table or desk (or even an empty drawer), and have these things spread out so they’re at hand for inspiration to strike:

– blank white paper, lined paper, construction paper
– kid-safe scissors and glue sticks
– colored pencils and regular pencils
– old magazines (to cut up)
– tracing paper

For older kids, we’ve had great success with a stack of spirals that are leftover from the school year and some freshly sharpened pencils. How about your kids? What kinds of art supplies do you keep on hand for them?

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