It's easy to dwell on all of the things we can't give our kids. Maybe we can't afford fancy private schools, or Mandarin tutors, or even a full back-to-school wardrobe of new clothes.
But we can give them access to art and music and unbounded creativity. We can give our kids an opportunity to find a language more valuable than Mandarin — a language that connects all cultures and tax brackets. A language that speaks to their deeper humanity.
For me, there's nothing more important than creative programs — especially for disadvantaged kids. Something like music or painting (or writing!) gives kids an outlet, an escape, an even playing field. And so when this sponsored post idea came my way, I knew it was something that Early Mamas would want to know about.
That's because the organization Schoola sells outgrown children's clothes (which, really, is the best way to buy children's clothes on a budget) and uses that money to fund art programs for at-need schools.
You know you have bags of outgrown clothes stacked in the closet. You know you'll eventually stop by the mall to pick up new jeans or Fall dresses once the weather cools down. So together — as one loving group of Early Mamas — we can all help fund a school's music program.
Early Mama is partnering with Schoola to help fund KIPP Academy's music program — a small school in the Bronx, close to my home and close to my heart. (I was born in the Bronx and formed my earliest memories on those sidewalks.) KIPP Academy has 95% of its students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch, and 1 in 7 students receive special education services. And they desperately need funding for their music program.
These are the kids who need music in their lives. The empowering, uplifting affects of learning an instrument and immersing themselves in the language.
So here's the deal:
If you simply request a donation bag, they'll donate $1 to KIPP Academy.
If you make a purchase using this link, they'll donate another $1 to the program.
PLUS (!!!) when you donate clothes, you'll fill out your child's school information and $2 of every $5 will go to your child's school (or whatever school you want to support).
So basically everyone wins here: Empty out your closet, get a fresh batch of clothes on a budget, and donate funds to your kid's school AND the KIPP Academy. You don't even need to buy anything to help — simply request a donation bag.
(Please use the links in this post, as they're tracking our purchases and donation bags.)
So go forth and do good, Early Mamas.
Let's help all the kids rock on.