Thank you for your kindness to children with your gifts to GITC in the past school year . You have chosen to fund free teacher training in music integration so these kids could become more musical people and more successful students academically and socially. The young lives you are changing are evidenced in the photos below taken in the classroom of Mrs. Patricia Bertram, third grade teacher at Sandburg Elementary School in Mira Mesa, California.
Patty is a veteran teacher who'd never learned a note of music before she came to GITC. Her specialties in teaching are Math and Science, but when music went out of her school for children in the lower grades, it troubled her enough to do something about it right away. Following the wisdom of The Power of One, she bravely signed up for a free GITC class given in San Diego Unified School District.This year, your gifts have helped make that class a reality.
Patty has continued learning to sing, play, lead, and write songs, and to share music with her students, and this year she has taken a huge step forward. We hope other GITC teachers will follow her example.
Through sheer determination and resourcefulness, Patty gathered enough guitars so every child in her classroom gets to play! Some came from yard sales. Others she got on a grant she wrote. And some came on loan from GITC. In addition, GITC has supplied the strings, straps, picks, capos, and tender loving care to help Patty lead collaborative songwriting for learning with her students and wow do they love the experience!
Patty's classroom is a cross-section of middle and working class America. Her students come from families with diverse heritages. Some parents speak very little English, others are talented English speakers and fluent writers. Some never finished 8th grade, others hold advanced degrees. Some are performing menial jobs, others are working in trades, and some are professionals. Some of Patty's students live in cramped conditions, others have their own bedrooms. Some have special challenges in the classroom and music making helps them center, focus, and produce excellent work. Some are studious and have excellent self control, and for them, making music is a release, a chance for free self expression. These students as a group embody the diverse needs of children today.
Not every school and classroom is like Sandburg Elementary. Many schools represent less diverse populations ethnically, socio-economically, academically, and more. Sometimes we have to choose what sort of program to offer because specific needs prevail and our resources are very limited. This means setting priorities.
We are inviting YOU to help us do this for the coming school year. Your voice added to this choir will help GITC become a true reflection of our community.
Please join us by sharing your values, hopes and goals for our work by taking this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73S3Q6K.
To say thank you, we will send 5 special GITC guitar picks from Dunlop to anyone who takes the survey and sends their mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also award a tube of Guitar Hands Cleansing Lotion to the 12th, 24th, and 48th survey takers! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73S3Q6K
Thank you for considering sharing your ideas and vision with us and thanks for taking a moment to look at the wonder you are creating in America classrooms today.
Peace, blessings, and thanks for being a contributor,
Jessica Anne Baron
Founder, Executive Director
These girls are learning so much through music!
These boys are getting creating TOGETHER!
Music stirs this child's soul...
Having so much fun!
Music helps her get in touch