I don’t normally do this, but I’m going to ask for your help.
First, some background.
Jess, one of my best friends from high school, is still one of my closest friends today. We aren’t always the best at staying in touch. However, she is one of those friends that you can go months without speaking to, and when you do get together, you simply pick up where you left off. That, in my opinion, is the sign of a true friend.
Back in high school, there were three of us who hung out all the time. Jess, Jill, and Julianne. The three J’s. To this day, sometimes Dude looks at me quizzically and says, “No Jess and Jill.” THAT’S how much we were together. Dude wasn’t used to just seeing me solo for the longest time.
One of the best things about Jess (and Jill, but we’re focusing on Jess right now) is that she was NEVER fazed by Dude. If he started talking gibberish, she would talk gibberish right back at him. If he stared at her a bit too long because he thought she was a pretty girl, she laughed good-naturedly.
Now that you know a bit about Jess, I can tell you about her current project.
You see, Jess (AKA Ms. Moll) is an elementary school music teacher in the Philadelphia School District.
Let me say that again. She is an elementary school music teacher in the Philadelphia School District.
Like many metropolitan school districts, financially speaking, Philadelphia is in dire straits.
When money is tight, the music program is often the first to either a) get its budget cut or b) get cut altogether.
Ms. Moll is currently experiencing Option A, which is a shame because as it is, the instruments that she DOES have are extremely old and beat up. She has a tiny dry erase board that has so much residue on it that not even bleach will get rid of it. This makes teaching kids how to read/understand music extremely difficult, seeing as they can’t SEE the music!
In order to obtain new glockenspiels (mini xylophones) and a dry erase board, Ms. Moll started a Donors Choose project. She has 25 days until her project ends and still needs to raise about $1,400 in order to get the project funded.
PLEASE consider donating to her project!!!! I know a lot of band people read this blog. Think of how different your life would have been if you had not been introduced to music and instruments in elementary school.
Also, because life is funny like that, it turns out that one of the classes Ms. Moll teaches is an AUTISM SUPPORT CLASS. I kid you not. It is one of her favorite classes to teach because the kids genuinely want to be there.
CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN A HIGH POVERTY AREA DESERVE SOME MUSIC, Y’ALL. In general, kids with autism respond very well to music. I can’t emphasize how much Dude loves listening to his radio, or CDs, or going to his music appreciation class. It calms him and makes him so, so happy.
So, in conclusion, Dude loves music. And Dude loves Jess (Ms. Moll). So if you have no other reason for donating, do it for Dude :)!!!!
Visit Ms. Moll’s site at http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=638338&verify=1073677015&challengeid=128273#materials and make your donation. Any amount is GREATLY appreciated!