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KIPP Academy: Save the Music with Schoola

This post has been brought to you by Schoola. Which is pretty awesome because you’re about to find out how cleaning your closets will make some music students really flippin’ happy. 

On Monday, August 11th, JetSet Tot begins the first day of second grade. Even though I have new teachers and back-to-school shopping on the brain, Sunday, August 10th, JetSet Hubs and I are taking her to her very first concert, Paul McCartney at Dodgers Stadium here in Los Angeles. That’s Sir Paul Macca to the rest of us. Trust me, I went back and forth on this one. It is not only happening ON a school night, but on the night before the first day back to school!  

Sigh.

You know what? I don’t care! I’d be crazy not to allow her to go. JetSet Tot is 7 years old and this is a chance of a lifetime for her to ever see a member of the Beatles perform live. To experience something this special with 53,000 fans? We’re doing this! As her parent, I support this decision 100%. I want to celebrate her love of music. And together, as a family, we will spend our last night of summer vacation listening to a living legend sing his songs that have paved the way for generations of musicians for eternity.

Music is the thread that holds us all together. – Mr. Khaliq, Music Teacher

Mr. Khaliq KIPP Academy

Could you imagine if there was no music?

I couldn’t. 

This is exactly why I am passionate about establishing music programs in schools at an early age. And exactly why I feel the overwhelming desire to partner and participate with Schoola on this amazing campaign they’re kicking off this week: 20 Days of Schoola. I’m so happy about this campaign. 

What is Schoola?

Schoola is an online childrens’ clothing shop that gives 40% of the proceeds to schools in need. Comprised of both gently used and new-with-tags clothing, Schoola provides a fantastic way for parents to save money on current back-to-school styles while making a difference at the same time. That’s huge. JetSet Tot is experiencing a continuous growth spurt this year, and I can’t keep up. 

Schoola Clothing

I have three words for you: SIGN. ME. UP.

All of Us Will Learn Music

Throughout 20 Days of Schoola, The JetSet Family has adopted KIPP Academy Middle School who will greatly benefit from any sales and bolster their music program. “A small school in the Bronx, KIPP Academy works hard to support kids who need all the help they can get. Ninety-five percent of its students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. More than 1-in-7 receives special education services. Music allows KIPP Academy to reach and engage every child who enters its doors.”

KIPP Academy Middle School

Please take a moment to watch the video below, or visit the KIPP Academy homepage, I promise, you will understand in an instance why this project is so wonderful. The 180-piece KIPP Academy String and Rhythm Orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden and Mayor Bloomberg’s inauguration. They have been joined on-stage with musicians like Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Roger Waters, John Legend and John Mayer.

How can you make a difference? 

I’m so glad you asked!

Shop on Schoola: For every transaction that is tracked via this unique link, Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy. Please consider buying a few of your back-to-school and after-school clothing through Schoola. Your purchase will immediately benefit KIPP Academy’s music program by providing direct funding. To break it down even more, only three bags of Schoola clothing needs to be sold in order to purchase one violin for the program. Let’s do this! (Disclosure: there is a small prize for the blogger who sends the most traffic to the Schoola site using this link; however if I’m chosen as the recipient, I plan on using the Schoola gift card on those in our community who need it most.)

Request a Schoola Donation Bag: For every person who requests a Schoola donation bag via this link, Schoola will donate $1 to KIPP Academy PLUS upon donating clothes, $2 of every $5 made will go back to the school of your choice. WIN / WIN! So even if you are not in the market to purchase clothes, but need looking to donate clothes that no longer fit your child(ren), please consider requesting a donation bag from Schoola

Schoola Donation Bags

For inspiration, please check out my back 2 school Pinterest board sponsored by Schoola. Schoola is the best place to buy discounted kids clothes all while give back to schools in need. Click here to learn more about Schoola. Click here to see what people are saying.

Photo credits: Nicole Standley, KIPP Academy Middle School and Schoola

Promotional consideration has been furnished by Schoola. On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience. This post may contain affiliate links.

Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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19 COMMENTS
  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All July 27, 2014

    We’re big music lovers in our house. I don’t blame you for taking her one bit. sounds like Schoola is a great program!

    • Brett July 28, 2014

      Sounds like schoola has the right idea! I love donating our outgrown clothes to others who need them

  • Debi July 28, 2014

    Wow that is a great program. I get said when I hear of music programs being closed.

  • Pat. @ Here And There July 28, 2014

    What a great program! As a parent and retired teacher I think it is important that our children are exposed to many things including music.

  • Mary July 28, 2014

    What a great idea. I love that no matter what side you are on here you are gaining something. They have created a great program where everyone wins. Brilliant!

  • Mama to 5 BLessings July 28, 2014

    Wow that sounds like an amazing school. A great place for children to learn and share their talents.

  • Jessica Cassidy July 28, 2014

    What a way to buy clothes and save, at the same time you can help too. How cool is that 🙂

  • Jenn July 28, 2014

    What a great program! I love any program that helps kids and their schools.

  • Chelley @ AisForAdelaide July 28, 2014

    What an awesome program! Sounds like it’s a win for everyone (clean closets and new clothes)… but most of all, is taking care of keeping important things like music, alive!

  • Ashley M July 28, 2014

    It breaks my heart that music programs are one of the first things to go when there are budget cuts.

  • Kasandria Reasoner July 28, 2014

    Sounds like a cool program! I’ll have to check it out. THANKS

  • Rebecca Swenor July 28, 2014

    What an amazing idea. This is an awesome program and cause. Thanks for sharing. I do believe music is important in everyone’s life.

  • Trisha July 28, 2014

    Schoola sounds like an amazing program! It’s great work that they’re doing!

  • kara noel @small things July 28, 2014

    Love everything about this!!

  • Grace Hodgin July 29, 2014

    Music is so important and plays a vital role in academics as well. I’ve seen Paul perform while he had the band The Wings. He gives a great show.

  • Heather July 29, 2014

    I just heard about this the other day. This is such a great cause!

  • Yep, music is the first thing that goes, that’s sad. So glad to see programs like this.

  • katrina g July 30, 2014

    awesome program!! Music is so important and IMO should never be cut.

  • Christina S July 30, 2014

    This is a great idea! They’re really taken a lot of programs out of schools, so to be able to get rid of clothes, buy new ones, and support those programs=win/win/win!

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