River's summer camp is ending soon, and truthfully I am terribly sad. Her summer camp was an extension of her class during the normal school year, and most of the kids took a tiny break and came back for camp. She had the same teachers and spent many days running through the splash pad instead of working on her ABC'S, just as summer should be. Right before her summer camp began, her school had a "Stepping Up Ceremony" for the kid's who were leaving the school for pre-k, and for those who are just moving up to the bigger class because their birthdays didn't make the NYC school deadline. River's birthday is in January, so even though she's 3 1/2 and has been in school for a full year already, she can't attend public pre-k yet until September 2015. During the Stepping Up Ceremony, River's class performed a few skits (that had me in tears), and a few songs with their music teacher as well. The music portion of her ceremony came as a total shock to Peter and I. Up until that moment we didn't know her school had a music teacher come by once a week. During the school year River became more vocal, and spent many of our adventures outside singing songs, but I never put two and two together. I always thought she picked up a few things from my horrific shower singing, not. ;) She sang with her friends and classmates with the largest smile. Peter and I watched in awe as she mouthed every lyric. Proud doesn't even begin to explain what we felt.
When I think about that morning that River sang in her school's music class as a 31/2 year old, and how she stood there hugging her friends who were leaving and some that were also staying with such confidence and happiness, oh my heart. Equally, the thought of her not being able to have that sort of bond in particular with her future friends and classmates saddens me a bit. Yes, of course there will be plenty of programs we can pay for outside of her public school, but why should we have to? Music is worth it, and she definitely is, but I still can't wrap my head around the idea that this is the future for my child and us. Selfishly I am bothered that we may have to pay for programs like this outside of school eventually. I'm not only bothered for us, but also for those parents who's kids won't be offered music in school and they can't afford music programs outside of school. Programs like physical education, theater, art, and music should be a given. That same feeling I received while watching her sing in her little pre-school just a few weeks ago, I want her and I to feel that same sense of pride and joy when she heads off to public school. She deserves it. We deserve it. The kids deserve it. Right?
We're rounding out the last week of Schoola's "20 Day's of School Campaign," and this is my second and last post to try and help KIPP Academy raise funds for it's music program. If you haven't heard of Schoola, they buy and sell gently used kid's clothing (they also sell a bit of new clothing), and some of the money goes to help many schools keep these programs running. I've adopted KIPP Academy for the last few weeks and I'm really hoping all of this helps. If you happen to be purging your child's unwanted clothing, going back to school shopping, or you're planning on donating some clothing in the near future-fantastic, I think you've found this particular school ramble insightful. ;)
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.
P.S Schoola is offering a 20% discount! Just use the code backtoschool20 at checkout. Only one discount code per customer. Disocount ends August 20th. Back to school shopping anyone?
You can learn more, donate, or purchase in support of KIPP Academy here.
This post was in partnership with Schoola, thank you so much for supporting my partners who I believe in!