Abigail Shafer, GISD choir and music teacher, desired to extend the learning opportunities available to her Music Appreciation class at Gainesville Junior High. Shafer wanted to begin teaching beginning guitar and songwriting in her Music Appreciation elective course. In order to make her dreams a reality, she reached out to donorschoose.org, an online charity organization that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from across America create classroom project requests, and donors can search for a project inspiration, and make a donation in any amount to that project.
Shafer was successfully able to raise over $800 and was able to purchase 11 classroom guitars and methods books for her students. Mrs. Shafer's classroom project was brought to life by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 6 other donors. The students were able to get their hands on the guitars during the first few weeks of school, learn to tune them, and are in the beginning stages of learning to play. We look forward to seeing what these students are going to learn this year!