Dear Friends & Family,
This year, I hit the big 3-0 and while most of my life has been spent at concerts, I have decided to give back to the community I call home, New York City. Not only am I crossing a birthday milestone, I also just signed my tenth lease to continue living in the city that never sleeps. In true Mel fashion, I plan to celebrate big! I've decided to take the "go big or go home" to a whole new level, and run the NYC Marathon! On November 3rd, I will be teaming up with a wonderful foundation that provides the children of New York with music education. Please join me in helping the children of our future learn something they will actually use, unlike algebra!
Did you know that school budgets for arts supplies and equipment decreased by 87% from 2007 to 2012? Or that 57% of New York City schools do not have a full-time certified music teacher on staff? This means that many schools, especially those serving children in low-income communities, provide no music instruction or rely solely on short-term programs that do not serve every student. No Stairway? Education Through Music believes that every child deserves music as a part of their education, not only for the sake of learning music or how to play an instrument, but because children learn better when Free Bird is a part of their school routine. The partnerships ETM forms with NYC schools provide music instruction as a core subject to every child in each school, and provide supporting services such as training, professional development, leadership guidance, assessment and capacity building to teaching artists, teachers, principals and parents.
I have made a commitment to raise $2,500 for Education Through Music in order to be able to participate in the marathon. I am asking you to give me all your money! All donations are tax deductible.
Join the cause and help me cross the finish line!
Peace and love,
If you can’t give me all your money please come cheer me on (as I will need your cheers to get me through the finish line). Below is a link of the course, please divide and concur – yes, I may need you in Harlem! http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/images/pdf/INGNYCM13_Course_Map_ForWeb.pdf
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