Dear Contributor to Guitars in the Classroom,
Thank you so much for making our free teacher training programs possible! This week, some exciting things happened for the GITC Global Giving campaign. GITC received employee gift card contributions from folks who work for companies that contribute to Global Giving, and we have been blessed with our first recurring contributor! Thanks to all of you and to the hard working staff at Global Giving for working hard to make this possible!
GITC is excited to welcome each of you donors who are choosing our organization on faith, having not yet been to a GITC teacher training class, observed a GITC classroom, or joined us for a GITC concert. We would love to invite you to have a personal experience with our organization! Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be included in something we are doing "on the ground" and we'll find a way to make it happen!
If you wish to share what has prompted you to support Guitars in the Classroom, we are super interested in hearing your personal story! Social change doesn't come in one mass movement, but is the collective effect of hundreds and thousands of deeply held and thoughtful personal decisions- made by each one of us, one heart at a time. What is important in your heart is what is making the difference in our schools. Please allow me to encourage you to share this with the GITC family.
We recently started adding a sponsor spotlight to our e-newsletters and next we will add a CONTRIBUTOR'S CORNER to celebrate you who are committing energy, resources, and focus to making music a part of learning for children in schools. Your personal decision can and will inspire others to reflect as well, and to choose to make a difference in some way, somewhere, at some time.
Here are a few quotes for you from teachers who have written in to thank GITC for teaching them to lead and integrate music. This is how your kindness is changing the lives of teachers and children everyday and improving the quality of education. Thank you so much.
If you wish to continue helping GITC throughout the school year, will you please consider becoming a recurring donor? A small amount given each month keeps GITC going come rain or shine, and assures that we can reach teachers and children in communities all around the country with the hope, help, excitement, and excellence that learning through music makes possible.
“In my kindergarten, I play guitar everyday to greet my students on the carpet before roll call. It’s like magic!”
“I have been a third grade teacher for ten years and have seen many music programs disappear due to budget constraints. I am so thrilled to bring music back into my classroom!”
“S., who speaks very quietly, was trying to share his song. The class couldn’t hear him and asked him to sing louder. With the rhythm of the song, he sang and spoke louder than ever before in front of his peers!”
“I explained that I was a student, too, and that I would be practicing what I learned in class with them so they had to be patient with me because I was learning just like them. I told them that they already knew the songs, so they had to help ME learn by singing very loudly! My only regret is not having learned to play sooner!”
“My kids said they would sing the Amigo song during STAR testing to help them remember synonyms and antonyms!”
“I now know it is ESSENTIAL to make music a natural part of children’s school day.”
I played “Get On Board” and the students really got into it! They were respectful and sang along. After playing the song, I told my students that I was new to playing music and that I hoped I did a decent job. One student, Cesar, said “What are you talking about Miss O.? You did a great job! You’re a rock star!” After that, all the students wanted my autograph and lined up to get one!” I walked away so inspired to keep practicing and learning more songs on the guitar for them!”
Wishing you a blessed week, a beautiful summer solstice, and a grand summer!