The teachers and students at P.S. 254 Dag Hammarskjold School really really want music class. They want it so bad that they’ve decided to enter to win the “Power A Bright Future” grant from Clorox.
The money would be spent on a music class for all of the students once a week. So far, the school ranks at number 61 in the votes.
Here’s what the school writes in their grant entry:
Our school is located in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, New York. We serve approximately 700 children in Pre-K to Grade 5. We have a very diverse student population with many being English-Language Learners. Due to an ever shrinking budget, our school has a severely limited music program. The music teacher is here only 2 days a week and a majority of the students are left without music.
The Clorox Grant will enable all of our students to have music at least once a week. We can promote respect and celebrate each other’s traditions and customs through a comprehensive music program. Young children are especially sensitive to music that communicates feelings, emotions, and pleasant imagery. This grant will greatly impact our students by promoting self-esteem, and developing a deeper cognitive awareness through exploring, sharing, and identifying cultural similarities and differences. Musical instruction has proven to positively influence student achievement in all curriculum areas. It has also proven to be a very effective incentive for children to work hard. Music is a universal language that fosters self expression. Without the children knowing it, they will be learning while having fun. It is a win-win situation.
Visit the website to vote for P.S. 254 or text 1164pbf to 95248. Remember, it’s for the children.