Help Teach DC Elementary Students Through the Arts

A microproject by Story Tapestries Inc. Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Tyler Elementary is in one of our nation's capital's most economically challenged neighborhoods. Arts are a powerful tool to reach every type of learner and "catch up" students on fundamental learning concepts. Song structure can teach story sequence and language skills. Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form combining dance, music & martial arts, exposes children to another culture while teaching math skills and self-control. All while instilling passion & excitement for learning in every child.

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In 2012, only 22% of the student population at Tyler Elementary had met or exceeded standards in math and 37% in reading per DC CAS scores. Educators are encountering an increasing range of skill levels in their classrooms and struggling with a lack of assistance to help bridge those gaps. Parents and students are facing a need so great that the programs available to them are increasingly insufficient.


Research has demonstrated that residencies and programs that integrate the arts into the curricula reduce social tension in school by increasing student confidence and academic success. These students will be engaged in a movement art form that will allow them to channel excess energy they cannot typically release during the school day. Additionally, they will be exploring basic math concepts in music and movement through patterns and counting as well as reading concepts through story building.

Long-Term Impact

By working with students, parents and teachers simultaneously, we increase the sustainability of our programs. After our team has left the school, the network of trained adults will continue to support and encourage teaching core concepts through the arts. The reach of this project continues to grow exponentially long after our programs have concluded. Your donation will help establish the strong roots necessary to increase our impact and help student success continue to improve over time.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Story Tapestries Inc.

Location: Germantown, MD - USA
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Project Leader:
Arianna Ross
Germantown, Maryland United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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