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Help Schools and Make a Difference in Students’ Lives

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We are raising money to help the underserved student population by funding vital educational and extracurricular instructional programs. Modern Roots Organization (www.modernrootsorganization.org) is a nonprofit that bridges the gap between demographics and provides the much needed funds to local schools to help these underserved students in areas of academics. Many of these students receive free- or reduced-priced lunches and often face obstacles to success because the parents don’t have extra money to supplement extracurricular programs at home; therefore, having these programs available at school might be the only exposure these kids receive. The fundraising is part of the preparation for school year 2016-17. Principals are planning and budgeting for vital programs now for next school year. Our goal is to provide funds for many school programs, such as music, art, science and to fund technology, many of which are not always covered by the state budgets. These programs may not exist next school year without the generosity of individuals like you. As you may know, schools are often forced to cut vital programs and some curricular areas some consider “nice to have,” due to lack of funding. Music and art are two programs that have been cut due to the lack of funding. This is such an important area for our organization. Data supports that study and participation in the fine arts is a key component in improving learning throughout all academic areas. There are so many benefits for a school to be able to fund these programs; ranging from fine motor skill development, to creativity and improved emotional balance. Too many schools don't have hands-on science as part of their curriculum, where students can get involved with hands-on experiments and activities. Our students are part of a digital age, but that's even more reason for students to not lose interest when it comes to respecting our Earth, and to learn more about Science, by connecting with nature! We also intend to fully support technology in an effort to modernize and provide additional devices within the classroom. Some classrooms are working with 5 or less outdated desktop computers, and have at least 25 students per class. Being able to provide devices allows teachers to assign digital group projects, use curriculum based software, and to help prepare students for future careers. Our philosophy is that a well-rounded curriculum in all areas of academics offers students a springboard to be more successful in life and a greater contributor to the community. We're a small, but mighty team of two; with kids of our own, busy schedules, carpools, soccer practices, and piles of laundry; just to name a few responsibilities. However, that's not going to stop us from succeeding, and making a difference in these students' lives, but we need your help! Thank you for your support and generosity! Modern Roots Organization 501(c)(3) 81-1459020 "Like" us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram- modern_roots_organization and Twitter- @modernrootsorg

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