Hey, I'm Aaron
"You are closest to mastering your craft when your presence enhances but without you the class still dances." Chris Emdin”
What will the funds be used for
I teach at an underfunded public school in one of the poorest areas of Oakland, CA. I teach drumming classes to middle schoolers 2 days a week at West Oakland Middle School. The kids love my class and parents say it is a lifeline for them to have a positive outlet.
The funding will help transform the drab, unattractive music room into a more positive, warm and flourishing space that promotes calm and wellness as well as help them see the space that is worth taking care of--a mini oasis or sanctuary for the kids to provide a small piece of mental health amidst a school environment and urban landscape that usually causes abnormally high levels of stress for them.
Im imagining posters/artwork of positive role models, warm lighting, sensory options for the kids that need a little break, and other touches that will enhance the space.