What a busy time this is for GITC as it most surely is for anyone involved in the schools these days. With September come brand new opportunities, challenges and dreams for children and teachers alike. Thanks to your magnificent support of the efforts of Guitars in the Classroom to bring hands-on learning through music to children from coast to coast, we are there this fall to meet those challenges, provide those opportunities, and feed those dreams. In Title 1 schools in Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, South Carolina, and more teachers will be making lessons come alive when they pull out a guitar, bring song lyrics up on the board, and count in the kids on a song for learning!
This is a near miracle, considering what Mother Nature has done around the US lately. Clay, West Virginia flooded this summer, lost power, and things were bad. Hurricane Isaac flooded the streets of Madisonville, LA and Pascagoula, MS. Heat made Boston a big brick over complete with sauna capabilities. But GITC keeps chugging because the people who run the programs locally are inspired, tough, and full of love. That is what it takes to make our little engine go. The music must go on!
Why? Because it makes a world of difference for the children. Nothing less than that.
Whether a homeless child gets his only two meals a day for free at school or enjoys a homemade deli sandwich neatly tucked into a lunchbag by loving hands from home, that child has great creative potential that can be mobilized, sparked, and channeled through making music with GITC at school..Everything will be provided to make music a reality at no charge to the budget-poor schools or cash-strapped families.
Whether a child is shy during class discussions or loves to be the center of attention, music will affect, inspire, and light up her mind. No special talent or money is required for her to participate meaningfully in GITC's music-infused lessons. GITC removes all the common barriers to musical access.
And whether a student has a profound learning disability or limiting medical condition or is the class math genius or star soccer player, making music can open a channel to deep learning that is surpassed by none; it can empower every kind of kid to excel. The music and rhythm open hearts and carry the facts, figures, ideas and messages in lessons to embed them magically in children's memory. And GITC sparks a passion for learning that grows brighter each day as children sing, strum guitars, invent new songs, write lyrics and perform together. That the songs deliver math, science, social studies, English, language arts and so much more is why their grades and test scores improve. But it is the love of learning and creating that matters most.
Thank you for helping us get to this point where we can offer training in so many places of need. Please stay with us. donate what you can, and let's keep making over-crowded classrooms where kids stress over testing into places where learning and jpy come alive, where teachers feel passionate and adventurous about their work, and where all students are creatively engaged and motivated to achieve. We are in this together, and the changes you've empowered so with your gift are making a difference! Please join us again to do more.
Thank you for being the change you want to see in the world,
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