River is 3 1/2 and the heaviest topic in our home right now is schooling. Truthfully, I took the subject of schooling pretty lightly the first year or so of her life. I remember parent’s of my mom’s group would discuss the topic in depth at almost every play date; which ones were good, how to apply, when to apply, parent involvement, school zones… everything. Most conversations I took in, I never really added that much thoughtful input because it all seemed too heavy way too soon. I just wanted to enjoy the early years. Soon enough I realized how important it is to get an idea of what kind of schooling you would like your child to receive, and in what school zone you would like to live in, especially in New York City. Ultimately, schooling became such an important subject, and we decided we had to move to a better neighborhood with a public school that offered more for River and our kids to come.
Now when I think about River attending our zoned school I’m not at all nervous. The school is fantastic, and it has plenty of parent involvement. But like most schools, her school is sadly lacking in funding for programs like music, and depends on the PTA and other sources to help raise money for this. I believe these courses are vital to her education, and they have been the cause of many great successes of our time. Things like art, music, and physical education were all my favorite classes growing up. It’s a bit scary and sad that our kids might not get the chance to grow up with some of the same things that helped shape some of us adults. Unlike when River was smaller, I plan on getting heavily involved in her school’s PTA to help keep these programs around for her, her peers, and eventually even Oak. (I’m not even ready to think about Oak in school yet, my baby!)
For now, I’ve teamed up with Schoola for it’s “20 Days of School” campaign to help with this a little. If you haven’t heard of Schoola, it a buy/sell site for gently used kid’s clothing, all the while helping out schools. For a few weeks via this blog, I will be sponsoring KIPP Academy located in the Bronx! Like many other schools, KIPP Academy needs money to fund it’s music program. I could go on and on about how essential music is for our little ones, but I’m sure you already know. The music program itself is quite expensive, and any extra money to help with instruments etc would go far, and would greatly help the kids that attend this school! Maybe some of you need to donate your old clothes? Or you want to purchase new ones? Or you simply want to help my sponsored school and a school of your choosing as well? Whatever it is, thank you!
Here’s how it works:
-For every transaction made from Schoola, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy.
-For every person who requests a donation bag, Schoola will donate $1 to the KIPP Academy.
-For every clothing donation made from Schoola and when you fill out your school information ( a school you’d like to support), $2 of every $5 made will go back to the school that you support.
These are little steps that can make a big impact for KIPP Academy. Lets help save the music!
You can learn more, donate, or purchase in support of KIPP Academy here.
This is amazing! Our oldest (we have two very young ones) is about to turn two and we are already talking about putting him in to Montessori. It's crazy to think about schooling kids at such a young age, but like it or not it will happen. What a great program!
Yes! If goes by so fast- which I'm sure you've heard a million times!
You're so right. I worked for the KIPP Foundation and Corporate office of KIPP New Orleans, and what they are doing in our cities is so important. Bravo for your involvement!!
I love these ideas, I think they work perfectly well with young learners. I am actually thinking of using some of them while teaching my own kids.