I grew up in a small public school. I’m not joking… really small. I went through kindergarten to my senior year in the same building, with the same 19 classmates. The sad thing was that people were moving out of our community instead of into it and between kindergarten and graduation the school’s funding was devastated. I was born an artist and bursting with creativity but by the time I reached 8th grade, all but one of the school’s creative arts and language classes had been cut. No band, no orchestra, no choral, no French, no German, or Spanish. Just one sad beginner level art class. I was devastated. As a 12 year old, I think one of the hardest things about the situation was that no one seemed to care and nothing changed.
I was recently contacted by Schoola and asked if I would share with you the 24/7 MOMS about their mission and about schools in need. After doing a little research, I was excited to see an organization that cared about school’s like mine – I knew this was a program I wanted to share with you. So, I have partnered with them to not only share with you about who they are and what they do but also share with you about a school like the one I grew up in, Yick Wo Elementary, who is in need of our support and how you can not only help your child’s school but also Yick Wo Elementary at the same time.
First let me tell you about Schoola:
Schoola is the creation of Stacey Boyd—parent, former teacher and school principal. In 1997, she built an inner city charter school from the ground up. A year later it was one of the highest performing middle schools in Boston. Stacey saw firsthand how children who struggled in math could come alive in music class. How art, physical education and foreign language could have a profound effect on students. She also saw how hard it was to get funds to support these programs. And how easy it was for the programs to get cut.
Dedicated to putting paintbrushes, books, baseballs and violins back into the hands of children, Stacey launched Schoola in the 2012/2013 school year. A few innovative schools took the call to run a clothing drive during the last (and busiest) week of school. Parents sent in their gently used children’s clothing. They listed the clothes on their site at amazing prices. And schools received proceeds from every item sold—money that funds all those programs so critical to the success of our kids. A win for all.
Today, there are 3,000 schools participating. Schoola brings new paints to art classes, new instruments to the orchestra, new books for the libraries. Quality clothes get a second life. Parents help parents. Schools help schools. Schoola makes all this happen by giving children the tools they need to succeed.
Next let me tell you about Yick Wo Elementary:
Yick Wo Elementary – Goal: $25,000 to fund an art program
Art can be one of the most important parts of a young student’s life. It teaches kids that it’s okay to be creative and take risks at school—not just in the art room, but in math, languages, and every other subject they study. The educational benefits of an art program are well known, but it’s still not covered by most public school budgets. The parents at Yick Wo Elementary make sure that their school’s students have art class anyway, and Schoola is forming a community to help them do it.
Now let me tell you how you can help both Yick Wo Elementary and Your Child’s school:
1. A Clean Closet
Step right over here to have a Schoola Bag sent to you. Fill it with outgrown clothes and drop it in the mail. We’ve got postage covered. to begin raising money for your child’s school.
2. Amazing Savings
Find adorable pre-loved clothes from around the country on our site at dramatically-discounted prices.
Have a look!
Click here to begin shopping now and not only will your child’s school benefit from your shopping, Schoola will also donate $1 to Yick Wo Elementary on behalf of us the 24/7 MOMS. So both schools win.
3. The Child Wins
40% of proceeds from each sale are donated to your childs school, helping to keep and expand their programs.
What’s not to love about this simple fundraiser. Be sure to share this idea with all your school mom freinds.
Yick Wo Elementary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7DHo-38nyg
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