One of IPR’s Global Citizenship classes teamed up with the North Saint Paul Community School last quarter to help develop the charter school’s music program. Through several events and efforts, IPR was able to donate two acoustic guitars, two cases, four packs of extra strings, two bags of picks, a tuner, a capo, and an instructional book with a DVD to North Saint Paul Community School. The school will use the guitars in a songwriting class.
To raise funds for the guitars, the Global Citizenship class held an Open Mic event for IPR students to perform their talents. Local businesses donated food and drinks for this event, and students and staff purchased the refreshments while listening to their classmates perform.
This was part of a quarter-long project with North Saint Paul Community School; earlier, a few IPR students even visited the high school students to talk about the careers they are pursuing as musicians and engineers and about life at IPR.
“The students did an amazing job of telling why they chose IPR and what it offers both in terms of skills and knowledge through different programs and the kind of teachers and community culture it has,” said North Saint Paul Community School teacher Randee Edmundson. “We very much appreciate their generosity in coming to our school and being open and enthusiastic in answering students’ questions.”