Sam Davis wrote -
We are parents from Manzanita SEED school and employees of Schoolzilla who are running on March 22 to raise money to keep music education alive at this excellent Oakland public school.
Manzanita SEED is an Oakland public school that serves the Fruitvale neighborhood. About 70% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch and we received a Title I award in 2010 for closing the achievement gap. All students at SEED, whether they are native English or Spanish speakers, receive 50% of instruction in English and 50% of Spanish, preparing students to be bilingual, bi-literate and culturally competent. SEED is a mentor school in the Expeditionary Learning movement and also has a focus on music and arts integration.
For the past three years, all students at SEED have had a weekly music class. Music education has been shown to develop the brain in special ways (see this article for references), even though it is often not valued in a system that focuses on testable skills. Unfortunately, since California is 46th out of the 50 states in per-pupil funding, it will be impossible to sustain these classes next year without an infusion of donations from our community.
Schoolzilla is an education technology startup that empowers schools to do more with data. It's a company whose employees live their educational ideals every day, so a bunch of us are joining SEED parents in the Oakland running festival and supporting them to sustain music education at the school.
The Oakland Running Festival is a big celebration of Oakland and includes a 5K, a half marathon, a full marathon and a relay marathon. It's on the morning of Sunday, March 22, starting from downtown Oakland, and I hope you will come cheer on the Manzanita SEED/Schoolzilla team!