LAUSD theatre teacher, Melanie Andrews, speaks at the United Nations Conference on Youth and Human Rights. She is pictured with representatives from the Congo, Israel and Cambodia.
Katy Perry 'Make Roar Happen' for Los Angeles Music Teachers
September 18, 2014
Staples Supports Local Music Teachers by donating 375 DonorsChoose.org gift cards
Staples (SPLS) and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continue to “Make Roar Happen” in Los Angeles today by announcing that 375 Los Angeles Unified School District music credentialed music teachers will each receive a $1,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card that enables music teachers to create their own custom lesson plan for students.
“This significant and groundbreaking Staples donation highlights a renewed support of the long tradition of music teacher support demonstrated by the LAUSD’s Board of Directors and other major donors,” said Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education at LAUSD. Music teachers will have the opportunity to create a custom music program with guaranteed, immediate funding.
DonorsChoose.org is a crowd-funded nonprofit that allows teachers to submit requests for classroom materials and experiences. To date, over 1 million donors have helped fund over 450,000 classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org, benefiting more than 11 million students.
"Staples and Katy Perry have provided tremendous support for classrooms across the country through their 'Make Roar Happen' partnership with DonorsChoose.org," said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. "Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, Los Angeles music teachers have the opportunity to transform their classrooms with new instruments, sheet music, and other resources that will inspire the city's young musicians."
"I'm glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for DonorsChoose.org, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential," said Katy Perry.
Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to "Make Roar Happen" and support teachers. Through the "Make Roar Happen" program, Katy Perry will help Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation either in store or on Staples.com. As part of the program, Staples, the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour, donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org which includes the $375,000 donation for Los Angeles United School District music teachers today.
"We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting 'Make Roar Happen' and look forward to working together with DonorsChoose.org to ensure that Los Angeles music teachers have the tools they need to create a unique music plan," said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. "Our recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it's imperative we support these everyday heroes."
Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Customers are invited to help 'Make Roar Happen' for local teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at nearby Staples stores or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen. The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters' communities and will help fund local classroom projects listed on DonorsChoose.org.
GOLABEK TO PERFORM ‘WILLESDEN LANE’ FOR 10,000 LAUSD CHILDREN
(LOS ANGELES) OCTOBER 20, 2014 -- Nearly 10, 000 Los Angeles Unified School District middle and high school students will attend free performances of Mona Golabek’s acclaimed one-woman show, The Children of Willesden Lane at Cortines High School for the Visual & Performing Arts.
Based on the best-selling book, The Children of Willesden Lane, the performance tells the story of Golabek’s mother, an Austrian refugee who escaped the Nazis aboard the Kindertransport to England. A musical prodigy, the teen-age Lisa Jura went on to win a music scholarship to the London Royal Academy during WWII and became an inspiration to all she met. The performances at Cortines will coincide with the 76th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the 1938 Nazi attacks on Jewish businesses and homes.
“I’m thrilled to be sharing my mother’s story of struggle and perseverance with students from across the Los Angeles Unified School District,” said Golabek. “Her hope and courage in the face of unspeakable horror can inspire students of all backgrounds and personal circumstances.”
The stage performances of Willesden Lane have been acclaimed across America. The New York Times called it “a dramatic triumph” and the Los Angeles Times referred to it as “elegant, heartfelt.”
In addition to the performances at Cortines High School, an exhibit dedicated to The Children of Willesden Lane will open at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the week of November 3.
The performances at Cortines High School are made possible through the generosity of Hold on to Your Music (Golabek’s non-profit foundation), Los Angeles Unified School District (including the Arts Education Branch and Cortines High School), the Los Angeles Music Center, and various sponsors, including the Shoah Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Rosalind and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, and Helen and Peter Bing.
“We are honored to collaborate on this important theatrical project. Teaching history through theatre and music is an important part of LAUSD’s Arts at the Core Board Adopted Resolution and Arts Education Plan. This is arts integration at its very best,” stated Rory Pullens, Executive Director of LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch.
The performances, by invitation only, are scheduled for Monday through Friday, November 3-7.