We believe that every child deserves a chance at an equal education, and though school supplies fulfill a basic need, we also know that learning is much more than just notebooks and multiplication tables.
A Gift For Music
A Gift For Music (AGFM) was founded in 1999 with the purpose of using music as a vehicle for the underserved urban youth in Orlando to envision a better future for themselves. AGFM has assembled some of the finest string music educators in Central Florida to mentor students on a musical journey from third grade through high school. Using a combination of after-school, in-school, weekend and summer programming, AGFM has one of the most comprehensive string music education programs in the state of Florida, and has been able to reach nearly 8,000 urban youth since inception. Click HERE to visit AGFM’s website.
Pencil Boy Programs
In addition to having a physical Free Store where teachers shop, we have sent Pencil Boy on the road! Teachers can now shop online through the Pencil Boy Online platform where orders will be shipped directly to their schools, or they can shop via Pencil Boy Express- The Mobile Free Store when it visits their school. Pencil Boy Express visits high-need schools across Orange County, alleviating the burden on teachers traveling to the Free Store.
Art supplies and curriculum are often the first things slashed in today’s tight school budgets, so in 2006, School SMARTS was created to integrate art into low-income classrooms to enhance learning. The program has two primary components; “Aunt Winnie’s Art Corner” within AGFT’s Free Store that provides teachers with basic quality art supplies, and art lesson kits. In collaboration with Orange County Public Schools’ Arts Administrator, packaged art lessons, and curriculum that cover skills such as drawing, watercolor, collage, and printmaking, are given to the teachers after a three-hour curriculum workshop.