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Wythe Hotel

Classroom 234

Wythe Hotel, 230-257Cheyenne Peerson


New York, NY
Donation: $1,250
East Side Community High School
 - The East Side Band Project

Supporting the East Side Community High School music education program.

The East Side Band Project provides instrumental music education to Title 1 Public School students. It is rooted in the post-punk / DIY traditions of the surrounding Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It is a safe place for students, members, and alumni. For events and announcements, follow on Facebook.
Despite national trends against arts education, the East Side Band Project has nurtured several generations of student bands. In 2009, Tom Mullen and James Joughin started ESBP (then a modest afterschool program known simply as "rock band" under the resident University Settlement Beacon program. A stable of "workhorse" gear, consisting of Squiers, Epiphones, a Pearl student model drum kit, Peavey amps, a Yamaha keyboard, and a small stereo PA system was put together on a shoestring budget of $5,000. East Side student musicians formed a set of bands that rehearsed in our storage room. The rehearsals culminated in performances at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe. With James' departure in 2012, the project entered a second generation. A new band, consisting entirely of middle school students, was brought together under the guidance of Peter da Cruz, history teacher, and Tom Mullen, assistant principal, and the program continues today.

Classroom 233

Wythe Hotel, 230-257Cheyenne Peerson


Brooklyn, NY
Donation: $1,250
March 2018
Brooklyn Music School Middle School Jazz Festival

The fourth annual Brooklyn Music School Middle School Jazz Festival will take place on
Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 12:00 to 6:30 PM. The festival will feature performances
by participating middle schools, clinics by the BMS faculty, professional development for
participating school faculty members, and a closing concert/awards ceremony. Previous guest artists have
included: Dr. Victor Lewis, Robin Eubanks, Sherman Irby, and Duane Eubanks. The
guest artists bring their expertise to work with middle school students throughout the day
and perform with the Brooklyn Music School Jazz Faculty Ensemble for a closing concert
beginning at 5:30 PM.

Though the festival is noncompetitive, the guest artist and the BMS faculty will be
adjudicating performances to offer suggestions and encouragement and will be awarding
certificates for outstanding musicianship. The Brooklyn Music School intends for this
festival to strengthen middle school jazz programs and build jazz community among
young musicians in Brooklyn.

Classroom 051

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

A million thanks for supporting my project. I'm truly grateful to donor choose and it's supporters for giving me the opportunity to bring innovate technology to my classroom. I'm excited about the wide variety of uses the raspberry pi will offer the students. With some basic programming knowledge they can really create some wonderful things. I also mentor 4 robotics teams for FTC that can benefit from the technology. This year we finished 3rd overall and won the coveted PTC design award for NYC/LI for our innovative design mostly because of a 3d printer that we also obtained from donor choose. We were able to create and manufacture our own parts. As an educator, I never want to be stale and by donating to my projects I can teach students employable skills and they have blast doing it. I appreciate your support.

-Mr. Coyle

Classroom 050

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

Your generous donation has enabled my students to have an experience like no other. The activity I can provide them in the art of basketry, weaving, and the making of vessels will stimulate these young minds and provide great insight into the way we relate to the aesthetic world. It would not have been possible without your support. Your altruism inspires me toward the pursuit of excellence in my teaching and you can expect tremendous thank yous and smiles of accomplishment from what you have given along with wonderful works of art!

-Mr. Vernola

Classroom 049

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

Thank you so much for your generous and thoughtful donations toward this project! I am very excited to use these supplies with my students this year... as soon as they are received! The materials in this project will bring new capabilities and dimension to our school music program... we will now be able to record/edit student performances using computers, as well as highlight students who feel comfortable singing solo in front of groups. These microphones are going to be very motivational and helpful for students. Please know how much all of your donations truly enhance the quality of the music program at my school. Without the help you have given, there would be no new supplies/additions to our school program, nor would students have the great opportunities that they deserve... to have access to real music education. THANK YOU!!!

-Ms. Spitzer

Classroom 048

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

When I first created this Donors Choose project I was very skeptical this project would be funded because of the cost. Schools have very limited resources during this mediocre economy, and it feels that the available funds are all allocated towards Math and ELA. So I hope you understand why I had my doubts regarding this project. When I received an email stating that my project was funded, my jaw just dropped. It made me realize that there are still a lot of people out there that knows the importance of giving children a creative output to help develop themselves personally and socially. Your donations, but most importantly your kindness, will give my students a great opportunity to create beautiful animations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

-Mrs. Yeam

Classroom 047

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

Thank you so much for your generous donations. I can't fully express my joy, excitement, and thanks for your donations. I can't wait to see the expressions on my students' faces when they see their journals and supplies. I know they will be excited. It is great to see that you share my vision for reaching children.The tools that you have funded will enable students to create and explain their own concepts with concrete tools, which will associate to the abstract. In addition, I will be able to demonstrate setting, mood, theme, and other genres in literature. Thank you again!

-Ms. Detelj

Classroom 046

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

Thank you so much for your generosity and thoughtful donation. My students and I sincerely appreciate your help and financial contribution. Your donation has helped fully fund our project and we look forward to updating you on all it's meaningful uses within the classroom. Our new classroom I-pad will significantly impact and improve students' ability to both learn and demonstrate learning in a more meaningful way. For instance, nonverbal learners will now be able to communicate understanding through the touch-screen technique. Thank you! Thank you so much for giving us this much appreciated gift.

-Ms. Danese

Classroom 045

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

My students attend a pre-K through 5, inner city, public school in New York. We are a Title I school and like everyone else the budget cuts have affected us negatively. Most of our children receive free breakfast and lunch, and their families cannot afford any of the extras that other schools take for granted. Nevertheless, my students are eager learners. They are enthusiastic learners and will go the extra mile to do well in their studies. Classroom resources, however, are very limited. This group of students would benefit from having examples of the lesson displayed throughout the room. A new magnetic lined page with dry erase capabilities and plenty of storage will send the students a definite positive message - You are worth it! Our building is over 100 years old and everything seems to be falling apart. Any new materials we get are always greatly appreciated. I requested Magnetic Write & Wipe Sentence Strips, Giant Magnetic Lined Page, Write & Wipe Board Eraser, Learning Center Pocket Charts - Set of 6, and Apple Timer Without Magnet. The lined pages will be a great resource to have in our room. It will display the day's lesson and illustrate steps to acquiring skills. It will also give the students a chance to work on the page as well. They will be able to demonstrate the skill to others as well as deepening their understanding of the concepts. My students will no longer have to bend over each other on the rug and squint to see a small board that I pick up and put on a student's desk that I promptly take down after the lesson. Then my students can't refer back to the information as they go off to complete their tasks at their desks because the board is so low the students can't see it. We need the erasers to use with the lined pages and the timers to teach them proper time management. These simple things will raise my students' self-esteem by letting them know someone cares. These few resources I am requesting may not seem important, but to our students they are vital. These new supplies will also let them know that people care about their education as much as the more affluent school districts. Thanks for considering my children!

-Ms. Lazarev

Classroom 043

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

Thank You so much for believing in our orchestra program and especially my students. Were absolutely thrilled that we have real supplies to start playing and now with real books. 

Due to your donation your enabling my students to learn in a safe and encouraging enviroment. Not only will this help this years students, but it will help my future music students that will come through my door. 

On a personal note, I'm amazed that someone cares about my students and the arts as a whole. I devote my life to bringing the arts to every student I encounter. I'm glad to see that you share my life goal and are gracious enough to spread your love of the arts to this young generation. 

Again, I thank you from of the bottom of my heart.

- Ms. Phillips

Classroom 042

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

I am so excited! Seeing Project fully funded makes my heart race. Getting such wonderful support for my students makes me happier then words can express. Thank you for donating to my project. Creating art helps exercise and develop higher order thinking and problem solving, these tools will enable the students to truly experience the art and science of paper-making. Learning through creating is truly important. Seeing how they can use waste to create new paper will help them understand that they have an impact on their environment. The support you have given this project will foster their creativity and awareness greatly.

-Ms. Gold

Classroom 041

29-56, Wythe HotelCheyenne Peerson

I can't fully express how grateful I am that you have contributed to funding my project! It is great to see that you want to foster the love of writing in my students! I also really appreciate that you share my vision for helping my students grow to become successful writers, readers, and lovers of the arts. My students can't wait to finish drafting their poem analysis essays so they can publish and display them for the whole school to see! We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and your help. We can't wait to take lots of pictures to share with you!

-Ms. Richards