100% Funded

Ended Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 2:09 PM

Total Donation Goal $2,280 $2,280.51 Funded

This campaign has ended and has been fully funded. If you made a donation, thank you.

16 Sep

About this Campaign

Fourth grade is an exciting year for students to begin playing a string instrument. An average of 36% or 1,100 students participate in strings their fourth grade year throughout the district. At Arnold Elementary, almost 60 fourth grade students sign up to play each year. The fee waiver needs continue to rise across the district and this prevents many students at Arnold from receiving a violin free of charge. Due to high rental fees at music stores or not having instrument to rent in the schools, many families cannot afford to provide this musical opportunity for their student. That means that on average 10-15 students a year are turned away because they cannot get an instrument.

In 2018, 74.5% of the instrumental music students passed the NSCAS Reading test while only 59.5% of non-instrumental music students passed the NSCAS Reading test.

Music has an impact on a child's development in the classroom. Please, help us purchase more violins so that ALL students at Arnold can participate in music! Requesting $2,000 plus cost reimbursement.

1 Oct

Update - Oct 1st, 2019 at 6:08PM

Dear Donors,

Thank you for making it possible for us to purchase violins for Arnold Elementary students. This year four students did not receive an instrument free of charge from the district. Although this is a small number of students, it is difficult to turn a student away from learning. The need for instruments, free of charge, continues to rise and LPS cannot provide every student with an instrument. With the funds from this campaign, The LPS Music Department is able to purchase 10 new violins for Arnold Elementary students. This means that those four students will now have the opportunity to learn to play the violin this year! Over 80 fourth grade students and 25 fifth grade students will play an instrument this year at Arnold Elementary. They will learn a life skill that they can pursue the remainder of their life. They will learn perseverance, team work, and develop fine motor skills. Learning a musical instrument will help develop areas of their brain related to language and reasoning. This is why we see more instrumental music students passing the NSCAS Reading test than non-instrumental music students. Most of all, the string program will help these students develop a love for music. Thank you for making a difference in these students' lives.


Jennifer Johansen (Zumwalt)

String Specialist

Arnold Elementary School

Donation History

MarySue Harris $2,180
Cathy Ciminski $100
MarySue Harris $2,180
Cathy Ciminski $100