A Hawthorne Elementary School teacher has been awarded a Donors Choose grant for the school.
Music Teacher Shawna Penn says that this is her first Donors Choose grant from Donorschoose.org which is an online charity founded in 2000. The website lets teachers post project material requests and allows parties to help teachers get the supplies they need.
Donors Choose monitors every project request, purchases the material and ships it directly to the school, requires photographs of the project taking place, and supplies a cost report showing how the money was spent.
Penn was granted $380 to obtain drum circles, drum sticks and 24 colored egg shakers for the music department.
Penn says children from all grades will benefit from the contributions. “I will use the shakers in Kindergarten and grade one for sure,” she said. “The upper levels, grades 2-5, will benefit from the drumming techniques. There are so many engaging possibilities at this point. The fifth grade will be using the drums in their spring performance, hopefully.”
Penn’s project had six donors including a Piano teacher in Columbia & Mexico, Donors from New Jersey & Chicago and even the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Penn says the students will be busy writing Thank-You notes to the donors.