Mississippi Head Start Program
Here at GITC, we're excited to report that through your generous donations we are indeed Lifting Hearts and Shaping Young Minds! As of today, this project has expanded to three schools in the Gulf States of Alabama and Mississippi. Each of the three preschools and Head Start programs has received three ukuleles. Every day, a child's mind is being engaged through active music participation in our schools, and in our small way, we're helping the gulf recover.
We're not only affecting students, but their teachers as well! These teachers are now in their third cycle of GITC programming, and every week they are learning more tools of how to share music in their classrooms. Their enthusiasm is both admirable and contagious!
While we've come a long way on this goal, we still have more to go. This program has taken off in these schools, and so many teachers have joined in that our teacher trainer was faced with a positive problem--the need to hire an assistant! For $66 per week, this assistant enables the teaching to continue to over 90 teachers. With more funding, we can ensure that the teacher training both continues and grows through the dedication of our trainer and assistant, and we can also provide more ukuleles to these classrooms. With your help, we can extend our hand to help many more in need in the gulf.
In particular, with additional funding we can provide more assistance to the early childhood development workforce who are underpaid, overworked, and every day experience new criteria pushed on them. Many highly skilled staff simply can't afford to stay, and in Mississippi and Alabama in particular, there is a high teacher turnover rate in preschool education.
By providing them with musical training and guitars and ukuleles as tools for teaching, our work is inspiring the teachers and giving them new excitement about teaching. We believe strongly that it's contributing to teacher retention in the early childhood development workforce. President Obama stressed in his most recent State of the Union address the pivotal role of preschools in our children’s' lives and development. Music is the key to this development, and making these Head Start programs perform and excel elevates quality of education in Head Start programs by developing teacher creativity and leadership.
Thank you for your continued support of this project!
Wishing you health, harmony and happiness,