Help Teach DC Elementary Students Through the Arts

$1,400 $0
Raised Remaining


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.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

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.

How will this project solve this problem?

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.

Potential 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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,400

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,400 .  The original project funding goal was $1,400.

Additional Documentation

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



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Teach Literacy through the Arts in DC, MD, and VA
Give the Gift of LITERACY! Arts integration techniques are one of the most effective, meaningful and efficient methods for teaching literacy to a wide range of learning styles and levels. Our programs not only establish the building blocks for reading and writing, but also more importantly instill a passion for learning, powerful enough to change the course of a life. We will be able to reach hundreds more students, teachers and parents. Help us stop the illiteracy cycle today! project reportread updates from the field


Project Leader

Arianna Ross

Germantown, Maryland United States

Where is this project located?

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